Man arrested as girl, 15, airlifted to hospital after car collides with horse
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A man has been arrested after a 15-year-old girl was rushed to hospital following a collision involving a car and her horse in Henstead near Kessingland.
The incident happened shortly before 6pm today on the B1127.
Police were called to reports that a vehicle and a horse with a young rider had collided on the road.
An air ambulance crew was also called to the scene and the teenager has since been flown to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with serious injuries. She is understood to be in a serious, but not life-threatening condition.
The driver of the car has been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs in connection with the incident, after officers reported that he had failed a roadside drugs test.
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The horse was also injured and vets attended the scene to assist.
Such were the injuries to the horse that it was euthanised on the side of road.
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Four fire crews were also in attendance, one from Wrentham, one from Southwold, one from Beccles and one from Lowestoft South.
They assisted ambulance crews to ensure the area is safe.
The road has been closed and officers are advising drivers to avoid the area while the scene is cleared.
John Armstrong, Henstead parish council clerk said: "I'm saddened that someone so young has been injured in such circumstances."