Newmarket man dead after his vehicle struck horse on the loose

York Regional Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Newmarket on Friday morning. (Greg Ross/CBC - image credit)
York Regional Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Newmarket on Friday morning. (Greg Ross/CBC - image credit)

A 60-year-old man is dead after his vehicle hit a horse that escaped from a farm north of Toronto early Friday morning.

York Regional Police say they were called shortly before 2:45 a.m. to Davis Drive West in the Township of King for a motor vehicle collision. Police originally said the crash happened in Newmarket.

Const. Maniva Armstrong says officers learned that several horses from a nearby farm had somehow "gone astray." A tweet from police says 20 to 30 horses were found roaming on the road.

After the Newmarket man's vehicle collided with the horse, it then hit a culvert on the side of the road, Armstrong says. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Horse also died in collision

The horse also died.

"At this time we are not exactly sure how all of the horses got loose from this farm area," said Armstrong.

"However, the officers were able to contain them and they were able to return back to that location."

Police closed a stretch of Davis Drive in Newmarket, but reopened it Friday afternoon.

Police are asking anyone with information on what happened to contact them.