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Horse rescued after being trapped in trailer on A21 near Pembury roundabout
2:43pm Monday 10th September 2012 in News
A horse was rescued from a trailer after it overturned.
A specialist animal rescue team had to cut off the roof off the horsebox after it flipped on the A21 between Pembury and Kippings Cross roundabout on Sunday at about 12.15pm.
A vet had been called to the scene to sedate the horse and firefighters from East Sussex set about cutting off the roof of the trailer, which was resting on the central reservation barrier.
The stretch of road had to be closed as the operation unfolded.
The driver of the vehicle, towing the trailer, was unhurt but shaken by the incident.
Crew Commander John Haizelden said: “On arrival, the horse was trapped within the trailer and required sedation by a vet, who remained at the scene throughout.
"The sedation provided a safe working environment for the extrication operation.
“It was an extremely hot day and crews worked well in the heat under arduous conditions.
"The specialist animal rescue unit from Crowborough concentrated on working in the vicinity of the animal, maintaining its welfare.
"Due to the nature of this incident specialist knowledge is required when dealing with animals.”
Cranbrook and Paddock Wood firefighters made the area safe and supplied essential cutting equipment, ensuring that the joint operation was concluded successfully.
The horse was walked to safety and subsequently transported to an animal hospital for further checks.
Crews left the scene at 2pm.
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