A MOTORIST is lucky to be alive after a horse jumped out of a field and fell onto the windscreen of her car as she was driving to work.

Tracey Ozcan from Goytre was driving along Blaendare Road on her way to work at Pontypool College when a horse leapt from a field and then fell down a bank on top of her Renault Megane.

The shocked 33-year-old said: "I was driving along and the next thing I knew the horse was on top of my car, I didn’t see it before it landed on the windscreen and bonnet.

"It was a huge black and white horse - I was in so much shock."

Eyewitness Craig Brown, who was working in the area, said he had seen the horse moment earlier seemingly distressed.

"It was running back and forth when it suddenly turned right and jumped," he said.

"Its front hooves caught the fence and the animal flipped.

"I heard a loud bang and thought it was the horse landing."

The horse then appeared in front of Mr Brown’s van and he saw its nose was bleeding, it walked away.

He immediately went to Ms s Ozcan’s aid.

"Tracey was very, very, lucky she wasn’t seriously hurt.

"I couldn’t believe it," he added.

Ms Ozcan’s colleague Dave Gower quickly arrived on the scene and called the police.

The horse ran off and the police were unable to find it.

Ms Ozcan has torn ligaments and muscles in her back and her car has been written off but she is fully aware of her lucky escape.

"It is absolutely unbelievable, I know how lucky I am.

"If it had been a couple of inches higher or a few seconds later it could have been fatal," she said.

Ms Ozcan, who lives in Goytre and has worked at the college for five years as an administration assistant is still recovering but said she is grateful to colleagues who held a collection to buy her flowers, chocolates and contribute towards her insurance excess.

PC Andrew Cleaton, crime and disorder reduction officer for Pontypool described the incident as a “freak accident”.