Runaway horse and cart smashes into vehicles, leaves jogger with head injuries and throws off teen rider

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A RUNAWAY horse and cart damaged two vehicles and left a jogger needing medical attention after throwing its owner off on a busy road.

The horse bolted in Catcote Road, near to Brierton Lane, knocking its 14-year-old girl rider off the trap it was pulling before going leaving a trail of destruction behind it.

The distressed animal ran onto a parked blue Ford Fiesta car while a shocked town woman was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Her vehicle was with large dents to its roof and bonnet, a broken head light and damage to the front bumper.

The force of the smash caused a wheel to come off the cart leaving the contraption lopsided and trailing on the road behind the horse as it ran off up Catcote Road in the direction of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

The animal then ran into a van, again causing damage, before careering into a 46-year-old woman who was out jogging along Catcote Road.

She suffered a head injury, which is not believed to have been serious, and had to go to the One Life Centre, in Park Road, for checks.

The incident happened around 5.50pm on Tuesday.

Cleveland Police received seven 999 calls from members of the public informing them about the loose horse, which was described as “going wild and kicking out” and being in a “distressed” state.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We had seven calls from members of the public stating that a horse and cart with only one wheel trailing behind it was loose on Catcote Road.

“The horse had apparently bolted the rider off.

“It then mounted a car and the cart wheel came off and then it has continued along Catcote Road.

“The horse caused damage to another vehicle and then ran into a lady who was out jogging.

“She suffered a head injury and went to One Life for treatment.

“Witnesses said the horse was going wild and kicking out and was distressed.”

It is believed to have been found shortly after the incidents near to Summerhill Country Park.

The owners of the horse were traced around 10pm that night, and officers are waiting to speak to the 14-year-old girl in the presence of a parent.