The horse box involved in a fatal crash on the M11 close to the Stansted airport junction on Friday, in which two people lost their lives, was on its way to Newmarket races.
Aerial shots of the shocking smash showed distressed horses being held on the carriageway as police dealt with the aftermath of the accident which happened at around 2.15pm on Thursday.
The Merecedes horsebox, belonging to Manton trainer, Brian Meehan, was carrying four racehorses and the trainer’s pony, Pistolero, who did not survive the crash.
“It is a very sad day for us,” said Mr Meehan. “It was an horrific incident on the motorway and we would like to send our sincerest condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives. They are foremost in our thoughts.
“Sadly we have lost Pistolero who has been with us for a long time. He came back with Red Rocks when he won the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf for us and he was not only an invaluable help with a number of the horses both here and on the racecourse, he was a great character.”
Mr Meehan said the staff in the horsebox, which was taking three runners to the evening meeting at the Rowley Mile, had been traumatised by the experience.
A horsebox from trainer Roger Charlton’s yard took part in the rescue operation being diverted up the hard shoulder by police to collect the distressed horses and take them to Newmarket vets.
The two people who died are believed to be a 53-year-old man from the Netherlands and a 45-year-old woman from Kent. They were brother and sister. A 49-year-old lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed until September 15.