A HORSE had a lucky escape from serious injury after the float it was being transported in detached from a 4WD and overturned on the Pacific Highway at Corindi this afternoon.
The accident happened near Blackadder Creek and led to the brief closure of the highway around 1.15pm.
Coffs Clarence Highway Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Jarrod Langan said the 4WD towing the float was headed north towards Grafton when the float became unhitched along a 100kmh section.
"For unknown reasons the driver said the float began to veer from side-to-side before it became detached from the vehicle, rolled onto its side and then came to rest on the western side of the highway," Srgt. Langan said.
"Due to the damage sustained to the fibre-glass float, the horse was able to free itself and ran to a nearby paddock.
"The horse, which appeared to be either a stock horse or quarter horse, was examined by a local veterinarian and it appears to have suffered just minor injuries."
The Pacific Highway was closed in both directions for roughly half an hour as the float was loaded onto a tow truck.
Ambulance paramedics responded along with NSW Fire and Rescue crews, patrolling highway patrol vehicles and Woolgoolga police.
2PM: BOTH lanes of the Pacific Highway have reopened at Blackadder Creek, Corindi, following an earlier accident involving a horse float.
Police have reported that no persons were injured in the crash, which saw the float overturn on the roadway.
The horse float was righted and has since been towed from the location.
Traffic banked up for half an hour in both directions before the roadway was cleared.
1.30PM: EMERGENCY services have been tasked to the scene of a vehicle roll-over, north of Woolgoolga.
Police say a horse float being towed by a 4WD has overturned at the location.
The accident happened on the Pacific Hwy near Blackadder Creek, Corindi, around 1.15pm.
Ambulance paramedics and police arriving on scene have confirmed there are no persons trapped in the crash, however there are still concerns a horse may have been transported in the overturned float.
Both the south and northbound lanes have been closed.
Woolgoolga-based NSW Fire and Rescue crews and heavy vehicle tow trucks are responding.
More details to follow when they come to hand.