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Woman speaks of shock after being involved in Devon County Show crash

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

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A DEVON woman has spoken about the "freak accident" that saw her horse box crushed and several people injured at the Devon County Show.

An out-of-control van knocked over a pedestrian and hit three trucks, one of which was smashed into a horse box with horses and a woman who were trapped inside.

The owner of the horses has described how they were seconds from being crushed - and were trapped for three hours while they were cut free.

The accident came just before the Devon County Show was closed for the first time in its history yesterday as weather turned car parks to swamps.

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Sarah Box of Rollestone Farm Livery Yard said a man got his foot wedged on the gas pedal after having a seizure, crashing into a lorry, which crashed into her horse box trapping the animals inside.

They had to be cut free by firefighters.

Sarah said: "Worst show ever. Freak accident - a man had a seizure in a van, foot wedged on gas pedal, sped across the car park into another lorry, pushing it into our horse box, crushing the back of the box with Kate and the horses inside, ripping off the back panel.

"Knocked over a man and hit three other vans on the way through.

"Our horses were trapped inside for three hours. They were absolute stars, had to be sedated whilst the fire brigade used the cutting equipment to separate the lorries.

"Had it been a minute or two later our horses would have been tied up and crushed.

"The only reason they weren't was because the van next to us parked to close so we were delayed by five minutes.

"Devon County Show stewards were fantastic - as was the vet from Wolfgar who stayed with the horses whilst the lorry was being cut.

"The car park was a nightmare, absolute chaos - and we did the half hour journey in one hour 40 minutes... bloody nightmare!"

The Devon County Show was cancelled today for the first time in its 119 year history. Show organisers said the decision was taken on "health and safety grounds."

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  • SKoM_  |  May 25 2014, 8:29PM

    Either the E&E has gone American on us, or the vehicle in question was powered by LPG

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  • whinger62  |  May 25 2014, 11:11AM

    On a radio interview she said the drivers foot got wedged on the accelerator pedal. There you go, a member of E&E staff adding their own wording. I hope the police fine and withdraw the mans licence

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  • Devonfarmer  |  May 25 2014, 7:58AM

    Gas pedal?

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  • theparcel  |  May 24 2014, 8:27PM

    Why was the man driving if he had health problem, this could have been absolute carnage!

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  • theparcel  |  May 24 2014, 8:26PM

    Why was the man driving if he had health problem, this could have been absolute carnage!

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