TWO horses died and two people were injured in a road crash that closed the A1198 this morning (Wednesday).

The incident happened at about 6am in Caxton and involved three horses and two cars, and forced the closure of the road between Royston Road and School Lane for four hours.

One of the horses died following the collision, another had to be put down at the scene and the third was rounded up. Firefighters had to cut the roof from one car to extricate a casualty.

A 62-year-old man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and another patient was treated by ambulance crews at the scene, though their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Hunts Post reader Lorna Boudreaux of Buckden passed by the incident at about 8am.

She said: “The car was unrecognisable and it looked as though the roof had been cut off.

“They were just covering up the horse with what looked like a tarpaulin and were preparing to move it onto the back of a truck. I can't get the image out of my head. It was just horrible.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews from St Neots and Papworth and a rescue vehicle from Huntingdon had attended the collision.