Trainer Todd Howlett survives horrific truck crash on the way to trackwork

Country NSW trainer Todd Howlett escaped injury after his truck rolled on the New England Highway in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Howlett was transporting horses to the track for trackwork gallops when the accident happened, moving onto the highway at Belford.

“I’m a bit sore and pretty shook up,” Howlett said. “When I was out of control it was pretty scary.”

Howlett had five horses onboard the truck, including Tamworth Country Championships aspirant Toto.

“I was taking Toto up for a gallop ahead of Sunday,” he said.

“He, like the other horses that made it home, won’t be going to the races for a while, they’re pretty battered and bruised, skin off them everywhere.

“Unfortunately, one of the five didn’t make it home.”

Howlett was attended to by paramedics at the scene but did not require any further treatment but he said he will be heading back to see his doctor later in the day.

“My neck is pretty stiff and generally I’m pretty sore all over,” he said. “I’m just grateful to everyone that helped — the emergency services, bystanders and vet.”

Originally published as‘Pretty scary’: Trainer survives horror truck crash

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