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Man Suffers Whiplash as Horse Hit by Van in Hit and Run Accident

A man suffered whiplash injuries when his horse was struck by a van in a hit and run accident.

Simon Barber was riding his horse Blaze at the time of the accident. The Telegraph and Argus reports that the incident occurred whilst he was riding single file with another rider along Leeds Road, near Bradford. Both riders were wearing florescent vests which carried a message asking vehicles to ‘please pass wide and slow’.

The 17 year old farm worker tells the paper that as they were riding, a grey Citroen Berlingo van clipped the leg of his horse as it tried to overtake too closely. This caused the horse to lose its footing and collapse into the road.

Mr Barber was thrown onto the pavement and suffered injury. He felt significant neck and shoulder pain, and was diagnosed with whiplash in hospital the next day. His horse Blaze was taken back to its stables after the accident, but could not be ridden for three weeks.

The van did not stop after the accident, and police confirmed to the paper that they are seeking information about a grey Citroen Berlingo van – with the registration number YH12FKF – to help with their investigation. Anyone with information should contact Bradford South Police via the non-emergency 101 phone number.

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