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A driver says he’s lucky to be alive after walking away from a horrific, high-speed crash last week involving 11 horses on a highway near Doncaster, England. Two of the horses apparently were well-known for their television work in the UK.
Thieves reportedly stole two gates from a field near an equestrian facility, and around 12:25 a.m. Sept. 24, 11 horses wandered from the field and onto a nearby highway, the Doncaster Free Press reported. A man driving a Hyundai Coupe careened into the horses at 65 mph, striking several of them.
“I was driving down the A1 when suddenly I saw horses running in front of our car,” the Hyundai’s driver recalled to the newspaper. “There was no time for anything to go through my mind when I turned the corner. The horses just ran out so there was no way of stopping or getting out of the way. I don’t even know how many horses I hit.”
Next, four more cars drove into the wreckage, ultimately killing four of the horses, two of which recently appeared in an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, the newspaper said. No people were seriously injured in the crash.
When the crash happened, the horses rolled over top of the man’s low-profile car, and he believes the car’s design along with its airbag ultimately helped save his life.
“If it was a steeper windscreen, the horse could have hit it and crushed us, or gone straight through the windscreen,” he told the newspaper. “But luckily, it rolled over the bonnet and over the car.”
The Hyundai was a total loss. Click HERE for the full story and to see photos of the smashed Hyundai.