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Motorcyclist hurt and pony killed in moor crash

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

A motorcycle lies alongside the B3212 near Princetown after its rider collided with a pony on the moor. Picture: Mike Kinsey

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A motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries after colliding with a pony on Dartmoor in the early hours of yesterday.

The emergency services were alerted to the crash scene on the B3212, near Princetown, shortly after 2am.

Ambulance crews took the rider to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The pony died in the collision.

Firefighters from Princetown assisted police in removing debris from the road and made the motorcycle safe.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said it was unlikely there had been witnesses to the accident, given the time and location. He said the rider would be interviewed once he had recovered.

The owner of the pony, he said, was being contacted.

The accident coincided with the annual pony drift, when animals are brought off the moor for sale.

Maureen Rolls, of South West Equine Protection, said it was an "anxious" time for ponies that were released and could lead to erratic behaviour.

"Ponies that are released back onto the moor will be looking for their herd and the places they know," she said. "It can lead to them acting out of character. People need to be aware of that so that they can drive with more caution."

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