Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Horses injured on A31 in Hampshire put down by vet

Two horses had to be put down after escaping on to a main road in Hampshire where they were hit by a car.

The animals were being corralled into a trailer in a field on Thursday night when two of them bolted and escaped through an open gate.

They were hit by a Toyota Previa on the A31 at Holybourne near Alton and were too severely injured to be treated so were put down at the scene by a vet.

Four other horses also escaped and were rounded up in a local theatre car park.

The driver of the car, a 41-year-old woman from Farnham in Surrey, and four children travelling with her were shaken but not injured.

The animals ran along the southbound carriageway to London Road in Holybourne and the A31 was closed in both directions for two hours.

After being caught the uninjured horses were returned to a secured field.

A police helicopter was used to check for any other loose animals in the area.

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