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Horse-and-carriage involved in Tatura collision

Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the Midland Hwy near Tatura yesterday.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK April 24, 2014 4:03am

Off road: A B-double truck was one of three vehicles involved in a collision that also involved a horse-and-carriage travelling on Midland Hwy near Tatura yesterday afternoon.

A police officer was amazed no-one was seriously injured in a three-vehicle collision that also involved a horse-and-carriage near Tatura yesterday.

Tatura police Leading Senior Constable Kevin Ingram said a horse-and-carriage was travelling east on Midland Hwy near Tatura-Undera Rd about 3pm.

Leading Sen Const Ingram said a ute also travelling east overtook the horse-and-carriage and clipped it, causing the horse to get spooked and veer into the right lane.

The ute drove off, but the two vehicles behind the horse-and-carriage, a B-double truck and another vehicle, quickly moved into the right lane to avoid the horse.

‘‘The truck has braked heavily into the turning lane to get out of the way and has collided with a vehicle that was turning right,’’ he said.

‘‘That vehicle has then spun out and collided with a sedan heading west.’’

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said paramedics took two people to Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Base Hospital with minor injuries.

The Congupna woman who was travelling in the horse-and-carriage said she was thankful her horse Millie was not hurt.

‘‘I was coming back from a function and you’ve got to try and make a bit of time here and there otherwise you’re getting back in the dark,’’ she said.

‘‘She does a lot of roadwork and she’s unflappable, but she is an animal.’’

Leading Sen Const Ingram said the crash could have been worse.

‘‘They’ve been very, very lucky. You don’t often see a B-double collide with a car and would come off with relatively minor injuries,’’ he said.

Leading Sen Const Ingram said the driver of the ute who clipped the horse was yet to be identified.

He said police wished to speak with the driver, who could be charged with overtaking while unsafe.

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