Three members of a family; two men and their mother, were injured when their van collided with a horse on the N-340 between Motril and Torrenueva. The animal had escaped from a field near Motril. It took seven hours before the animal, which was in agony, was put down.
It was at 5.30 in the morning, so it was still dark, when the family was making their way back from the Santa Ana Hospital in Motril to Albondon, where they lived. The 77-year-old women had taken to the emergency there because of a problem with her shoulder. Who would have thought they in a question of hours they would all be back at the same hospital, but this time with all three of them with injuries, one of them with serious injuries.
The 45-year-old son had head injuries with internal bleeding, so it was decided to transfer him rapidly by helicopter up to Granada to Traumatologia. The mother also ended up in the Intensive Car Unit because of heart problems, but her condition was said to be stable.
The eldest son, 48, who had been travelling in the back of the van, came out of it relatively unscathed and was checked out of hospital the same day.
Meanwhile, the Guardia Civil, with the help of the Motril firemen, managed to move the horse from the centre of the road and efforts were made to find the owner, which didn’t take long. According to the owner that same night somebody had tried to break in and rob his cortijo, letting the horse escape.
“I found out what had happened went I went to the cortijo to feed him,” he exlained.
Around midday a vet was killed in to put the animal down, which had been in agony ever since 5.30 that same morning. The Vet explained that around 12 he had received a call from the Guardia Civil who said that they had been trying to local a vet all morning to finish the horse off. Apparently, all the vets previously contacted said that they were unable to do it because of other commitments.
Question is, couldn’t one of the Guardia Civil have put it out of its misery?
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)