Horse killed in crash on village road
A HORSE has been killed in a collision with a car on the main road through Penclawdd.
South Wales Police said they were called to the incident near the Royal Oak Pub, where one horse had been fatally injured and a second had to be humanely destroyed due to the severity of its injuries.
The 55-year-old female driver of the blue Ford Focus involved in the collision was unhurt but badly shaken by the incident.
Penclawdd resident David Williams, 50, said: "I didn't see it but I heard the bang and went out to see what was going on.
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"The horse was in a pretty bad way and the woman was still in her car with a smashed-in windscreen, she was very upset."
He added the ambulance response to the incident had been fantastic, arriving within five minutes.
Residents said the horses were likely to be marsh ponies that frequently grazed on the marshland of the Loughor Estuary, which is common land frequently used by livestock owners. They have been known to come up into the village at extremely high tides and collisions with cars are fairly common.
"Our out of hours animal wardens attended the incident and we will be scanning the animals for identification chips that can help us locate the owner," said a Swansea Council spokesman.
Andrew Spowart, 59, also a resident of Penclawdd, said: "It's pretty upsetting to see a dead horse outside your house."
"One way incidents like this could be reduced is to have more signs letting people know there are horses about," he added.
"Maybe even an electronic sign that flashed up at particularly high tides, although I don't know if the council would be able to do that."
Residents said a similar accident happened about a year ago on the same stretch of road.