Two horses had to be sedated in order to be freed when their float flipped in Taranaki this morning.

The float was being towed by a car which crashed on East Rd near Stratford about 9.23am, a Fire Service spokeswoman said.

No-one in the vehicle was injured but the horses were trapped inside the float.

They were sedated and then freed, before being taken to a nearby paddock.

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The horses were not thought to have been injured, but a vet was on their way to the scene to assess them.

Inspector John Spence, of the northern police communications centre, said diversions were put in place while the scene was cleared.

The road has since reopened.