Shetland ponies killed on railway line

Shetland ponies killed on railway line

Three Shetland ponies have been killed near Doncaster after wandering on to a railway line.

British Transport Police said a passenger train hit the horses on the line near Thorne, between Doncaster and Scunthorpe, at about 10:20.

The RSPCA said a pregnant mare died of her injuries and two other ponies that had broken legs were put down.

The event happened when a herd of about a dozen ponies escaped from their field, crossed a dyke and a canal bridge, and strayed on to the railway line, the RSPCA said.

The train driver and passengers were not hurt and the other ponies in the herd bolted from the scene.