Five passengers in hospital and four horses killed in car crash in Rowella, Tasmania

Four horses are killed and five young farmers rushed to hospital after their car smashed into a tree stump – with cops reaching the scene in eight minutes thanks to teen’s iPhone crash detection feature

  • 4WD smashed into tree in Rowella, Tasmania
  • Four horses were killed and five passengers hospitalised 

Four horses have been killed while five people were rushed to hospital after a four-wheel drive towing a horse trailer smashed into a tree.

Five passengers aged from 14 to 20 had been travelling in a white Ford Ranger when it suddenly collided with the stump at about 1.45am on Monday, in Rowella, in northern Tasmania.

Out of the passengers harmed, an 18-year-old suffered serious injuries and has been airlifted to Melbourne, while a 17-year-old will need to undergo surgery.

Police were able to get to the scene in just eight minutes due to one passenger’s iPhone that had a crash detection feature.

Two of the horses died immediately while the other two sadly had to be euthanised due to their injuries. 

The horse float had rolled during the collision.

Three other passengers suffered minor injuries and are receiving care at the Launceston General Hospital.

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