A driver suffered serious head injuries after he struck a horse in Clarington early Tuesday morning.

The collision occurred at around 3 a.m. in the area of Concession Road 7 and Langmaid Road.

Police say the driver hit a horse that had escaped from a stable nearby.

The male was airlifted to a trauma centre for treatment.

The horse did not survive, police confirm.

The area was shut down for a police investigation but has since reopened.