Woman dead after crashing into horse

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 11:47 06/12/2013

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There was little warning before a Lincoln couple's car ploughed into a loose horse on the road killing the driver.

Diana Clair Morton, 56, died after her vehicle hit the horse on Birchs Rd about 9.45pm yesterday.

Her husband was a passenger in the car and survived.

Senior Constable Andy Grant, of Darfield, said the crash happened near the intersection with Leadleys Rd.

The brown gelding that was struck by the car was loose in the road carriageway and died in the crash.

Grant said the couple were on their way to their home in Lincoln at the time of the crash. They were in a 100kmh zone.

It was dark and they would not have seen the horse until they were ''very close'' to it.

''They did not have much warning.''

The car's front, windscreen and roof were badly damaged.

Grant said Morton's husband was ''devastated'' and ''in shock''.

''It's a tragic accident. Obviously livestock loose on the road pose a major danger to road users.''

St John spokesman Ian Henderson said Morton's husband was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

Grant said he had spoken the owner of the horse, which had escaped from a nearby paddock.

The owner was "obviously ... really devastated too". 

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