HORSE riders are calling for new safety measures on a busy South Tyneside road after an animal was killed in a collision with a van.
The accident happened just before 10am on Sunday when a van was in collision with a horse and rider on Lizard Lane, in South Shields.
The horse died on the scene and its rider, a 41-year-old woman, suffered a leg injury and was taken to hospital.
Police say they are carrying out inquiries to establish exactly what happened.
But riders are calling on tighter safety measures on the road.
The road – which runs from South Shields to Whitburn – has a 40mph speed limit, with the exception of a stretch outside North Lizard Riding School, which has a 20mph limit, speed bumps and chicanes, which allow just one car to pass at a time.
Emma Isaac, a riding and road safety trainer for the British Horse Society, said: “People in the area have been campaigning for years for things like speed limits to be reduced, and other safety measures.
“I also think that, in general, driver awareness could improve. A lot of people don’t know what to do if they approach a horse.”
“Drivers should always slow down and pass by as wide as they can and always try to remember that horses can be unpredictable at times.
“The British Horse Society does provide road safety training to anyone who would like more information.”
Eric Nunn, owner of North Lizard Riding School, added: “There should be a footpath alongside the road as well.
“Everyone at the riding school is wishing the rider a speedy recovery.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said it could not comment on the accident while the police investigation is ongoing.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 9.55am on Sunday morning police were informed of a collision involving a van and a horse.
“The collision happened on Lizard Lane in South Shields, southbound just north of the junction with Kitchener Road, in Whitburn.
“The rider, a 41-year-old woman suffered a leg injury and received treatment at hospital. The horse died as a result of the collision. The road was closed for a short time to allow the incident to be dealt with. Officers are carrying out inquiries and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191, quoting reference number 483130714, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”