Escaped Horses Cause Carnage on the A3
Looking back to just before Christmas 2015, two horses strayed from their pasture in Oxshott, Surrey. Unfortunately, they proceeded to wander onto the carriageway of the busy A3 nearby and caused a terrible accident. The incident resulted in the death of the horses and life changing injuries to drivers and passengers who were involved in collisions with them.
The crash occurred at 3.40am December 16, 2015, just as the light was beginning to fade. The horses wandered onto the dual carriageway where four vehicles collided with them on the southbound carriageway. As a result of the accident both horses died and four motorists suffered life changing injuries in the high-speed collisions. Due to this catastrophic accident, Surrey Police urged local livestock owners to take precautions to prevent their animals from posing a threat to road users.
Tragedy and Disruption
The accident was a terrible tragedy for all involved and also caused huge delays throughout the area for over six hours. The emergency services completely closed the road while they dealt with the injured drivers and also removed the horses and vehicles from the carriageway. This shows that the consequences of lax security can be horrific and far reaching.
It turned out that one of the people involved in the accident was a motorcyclist who was transporting blood and platelets to Frimley Park Hospital. The motorcyclist was a volunteer for SERV Surrey and South London who organise the shipment of crucial medical supplies. A patient at the hospital urgently required the blood, so another volunteer attended the scene of the accident to collect the supplies and continue to Frimley Park.
The owner of the land on which the horses were grazing was Rosemary Gibson-Miller of Pyrford. She appeared at Redhill Magistrates’ Court January 2017 and they have found her guilty of allowing the horses to stray into the road. The court fined Ms Gibson-Miller £500 and ordered her to pay costs of £700.
This incident demonstrates just how crucial it is to ensure that your horses cannot escape from their field. Since one small oversight could result in complete devastation. It is always better to be safe than sorry.