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Horse nearly dies after being stuck in horsebox on A1 near Grantham

A horse owner is calling on more consideration for people stuck in traffic after his horse nearly died.

Stuart and Bridie Fawcett were transporting a young Clydesdale horse to their farm in Great Ponton earlier this month.

They had already been on the road for six hours when they became stranded on the A1 as emergency services dealt with a three-vehicle collision.

Sirius was stuck in his horsebox for 11 hours. (38452543)
Sirius was stuck in his horsebox for 11 hours. (38452543)

Stuart said: “We got stuck outside Long Bennington at 4.30pm. Having waited patiently for over 90 minutes we called 101 to ask for advice as the horse was getting distressed.

"We were fearful that it could kick itself out of the horsebox and cause a further incident. I was assured that a highways unit or patrol car would assist us to ensure we could offload the horse safely away from the main highway.

"A series of chase up phone calls ensued where we were successively dismissed.”

They eventually called Equine Rescue Comany who advised them to call 999 but their pleas were ignored.

Stuart added: “We were forced to offload the horse on the A1 to prevent it from collapsing having been stood for 11 hours, and going into further shock. We then had to lead the young horse through standstill traffic to a waiting horsebox to be transported home. Thankfully the horse survived but it was a close call.”

Stuart is now asking for more to be done to ensure everyone’s safety when stuck in traffic for hours.

He added:”I know that the people involved in the accidents are the main priority but there must have been people stuck in the traffic queue with medical conditions and with babies. They were all stuck without any water or food for up to 12 hours.”

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