It was a terrible day for horses, drivers and carriage riders on Saturday afternoon in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin when a horse drawn carriage collided with two vehicles on one of the main streets in mid-morning.
According to Fox News, eight people had been in the carriage at the time of impact; several people had been in the vehicles involved. Fortunately none of the 15 people were seriously injured, and the horses only suffered minor cuts and bruises and are expected to make a full recovery.
Two families with young children had been on the carriage ride when something went wrong. According to one witness, as the driver was about to get onto the carriage, the two Percherons spooked and launched into a full sprint. And … boom the panicky horses hit the cars. Onlookers quickly came to the aid of the victims and patiently helped the horses. One of the horses practically ran on top of the hood of a car; its reins became entangled on the auto’s wheel.
Perhaps this is just another example of how automobiles and horse drawn carriages aren’t made to share the road. Surely we can do better.
(Photos of horse drawn carriage accident via screenshots Fox News)
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