A major crash on the M6 left one horse dead and two people seriously injured. The deceased horse was in a horsebox that was involved in the crash, with two other horses that both managed to survive.
The incident happened on Monday 13 August 2012 at around 2.30pm and it involved four vehicles; a HGV, two vans and another vehicle.
One of the horses died at the scene, however, after the doors of the heavily damaged horsebox were ripped open, the other two horses were removed and treated by vets at the scene.
A man and woman were also airlifted to hospital and treated for their injuries. Seven miles of the M6 were closed off after the incident which caused 15 mile tailbacks on the southbound carriageway around Birmingham.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman told the Daily Mail: ‘On arrival at the scene crews found a number of vehicles that had been in collision including a van, horsebox and a lorry.
‘Two patients were treated at the scene who were believed to have been out of their vehicles at the time of the incident.
‘The first patient, a woman, believed to be from the horsebox, was treated for a potentially serious head injury.
‘The woman was fully immobilised before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.
‘The second patient, a man believed to be from the van, was treated at the scene for serious head and chest injuries.
‘Due to the nature of the incident that patient was given an anaesthetic at the scene by the doctor on board the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance.
‘The casualty was airlifted to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.’