Horse accident halts traffic

00:12, Oct 02 2012
horse accident
CRASH SCENE: Police and animal control officers attend the scene of the accident on the Gentle Annie hill.

A horse was euthanased after a horse float tipped over while being towed towards Nelson on Monday morning. 

The float tipped over on the Gentle Annie hill on State Highway 6, just north of  Nelson around 11am.

Senior constable Bryn Olsen who was at the scene said at this stage of the investigation speed was not a factor.

‘‘The vehicle was towing the float which got the speed wobbles. The trailer’s started to wobble and she [the driver’s] just lost control and it’s flipped over and down the hill.

‘‘It doesn’t appear that speed was a factor.’’

The driver was very upset, he said. She had sustained minor injuries, but it was not clear if they were the result of the accident or sustained afterwards. 

A veterinarian was called and the decision was made to euthanase the horse at the scene. 

A crane was called in to remove the float. 

Traffic was down to one lane while the accident was cleared and police expected both lanes to be reopened by 1.30pm.