Biker injured and pony killed in collision on Dartmoor
A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital with serious injuries after an early-hours collision with a pony on Dartmoor.
Emergency services were alerted to the crash on the B3212, near Princetown, shortly after 2am yesterday.
Ambulance crews took the rider to Derriford Hospital.
His injuries were described as "serious" but are not thought to be life-threatening.
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The pony died in the collision, police said.
Firefighters from Princetown assisted police in removing debris from the road and made the motorcycle safe.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said it was unlikely there had been witnesses to the accident, given the time and location.
The spokesman said the injured rider would be interviewed once he had recovered.
The owner of the pony, he added, was being contacted with the news.
The accident coincided with the annual pony drift, when animals are brought off the moor for sale.
Maureen Rolls, of South West Equine Protection, said it was an "anxious" time for ponies that were released – and could lead to erratic behaviour.
"Ponies that are released back onto the moor will be looking for their herd and the places they know," she said.
"It can lead to them acting out of character.
"People need to be aware of that so that they can drive with more caution."