Victim in horse trailer incident named

Entrance to Royal Blackburn Hospital.
 © Liz Dawson

The man who died when kicked in the head by an agitated animal inside a horse trailer in Lancashire, England, has been named.

He was Peter McGuire, 52.

His wife, Marie, 47, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with a broken leg and chest injuries after she tried to go to the aid of her husband.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening when the McGuires, with their daughter, Zoe, 15, were transporting the horse to a show-jumping event.

The horse became agitated and managed to dislodge the partition which kept it contained.

Mr McGuire pulled over alongside the A56 at Haslingden and entered the horse trailer in an attempt to sort out the situation, but was kicked.

It is believed he suffered a fractured skull.

The family was on its way to Croft Top Farm, a 400-seat equestrian centre, for an event.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to find Mr McGuire unconscious in the box. It became clear the animal would need to be sedated before they could safely enter the trailer.

A vet was summoned to carry out the sedation.

Mr McGuire died died at the scene.

The horse is being care for at the Croft centre.



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