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Harrowing incident sees two horses killed on road as residents call for action

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Two horses were killed on a road near Waringstown on Friday night.

The harrowing incident on the Clare Road has prompted calls for an urgent safety assessment of the road.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart has made representation to Transport NI following numerous accidents, which have been compounded by Friday’s deaths of two horses.

“A number of residents on the Clare Road have been in touch seeking help and assistance to have speed restrictions implemented and more of a police presence,” said Ms Lockhart.

“This was a horrific accident and very traumatic for all involved.

“Two horses are dead as a result of this incident involving a vehicle and a third escaped uninjured.

“I am lead to believe the scene was one of turmoil. On this occasion there was no individual physically hurt however these beautiful animals were killed.

“Back in 2016 I started to lobby the Department for Infrastructure on the ‘Dead Slow’ campaign; this campaign urges drives to slow down to under 15mph when they meet a horse and rider.

“I have sought an urgent update and have asked Transport NI to assess this road for speed and safety.

“Restrictions, signage and robust policing is what is required and to this end I will be lobbying.

“Our rural roads can be a dangerous place and it is important that they are regularly assessed for safety.”

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