Person trapped after horse float crash

Last updated 13:22 23/03/2014

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A crash between a horse float and a vehicle that trapped a motorist this afternoon has prompted police to urge people leaving Horse of the Year to exercise caution in the busy traffic.

Emergency services were called to the scene of a collision between a vehicle and a horse float on the outskirts of Napier about 12.30 today, where one person was trapped.

A fire service spokesman said the person had since been removed from the wreck and police said no one else was injured but some delays on the Napier-Taupo road could be expected.

The final day of the NRM Horse of the Year competition is currently underway at the annual Hawke's Bay A & P show grounds which attracts about 70,000 participants and spectators.

The Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter is on its way to the crash on State Highway 5 at the intersection of the Napier-Taupo Rd and Ellis Wallace Road in Eskdale, north of Napier.

A St John Ambulance spokesman confirmed they were on their way to aid one person trapped in a vehicle but whether there was a horse in the flat was unknown.

Following the crash police urged drivers especially of horse vehicles, to be extra vigilant  on the roads today, particularly SH5 and SH2 north and south of Hawke's Bay.

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