Firefighters rescue horse and groom
Published 04/09/2010 | 12:18
Firefighters have rescued a horse and its groom after the animal broke free and kicked its way into the front of its horsebox, officials said.
The two-year-old colt became trapped after forcing its way out of the rear section while being transported on the northbound carriageway of the A23 at Bolney, West Sussex.
The startled driver and groom stopped immediately and dialled 999. The groom stayed in the cab but had to be pulled free by firefighters after being struck in the head by the horse.
The A23 was temporarily closed over fears the horse could break free and bolt across the busy road just after 4.15pm on Friday, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.
A spokesman said the animal was sedated by a vet and eventually freed two hours later by fire crews who cut away the rear of the transporter.
The groom, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital with a suspected head injury.
The horse suffered no apparent serious injury, the fire service added.