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Car Hits Horse and Buggy in Coventry RI

Submitted by Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

By Jessica Selby, KentCountyTimes.com

Coventry Police were called out to the area of Plainfield Pike on Monday evening for a reported motor vehicle accident, but what they found when they arrived was something much different.

Officers arrived in the area of 320 Plainfield Pike at approximately 5:30 on Monday evening to find that a horse and buggy had been struck by a vehicle.

According to Lt. John MacDonald of the Coventry Police Department, a 31-year-old female from Connecticut, who at this time is not being identified, was driving a Connecticut vehicle westbound when she reportedly came over the crest of the hill and struck the horse and carriage, which was being operated by a 50-year-old Coventry woman, who is also not being identified at this time.

MacDonald said the operator of the vehicle told officers after they arrived that she had attempted to stop, but was unable to and struck the back of the carriage.

This impact apparently caused the carriage to lose control because MacDonald said when officers arrived on the scene they found the woman, who had been operating the buggy, had been thrown from the carriage and was lying facedown on the roof of the vehicle.

He said the woman on the buggy was wearing a helmet, but when emergency responders arrived on the scene they transported her to Rhode Island Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The horse, which had been pulling the carriage, was also separated from the carriage in the accident and hastily fled the scene of the accident, MacDonald said, but was later located and found to have sustained a leg injury in the accident.

MacDonald said the vehicle in the accident also sustained “heavy damage to its grill, front hood and roof,” but the driver of the car was relatively uninjured.

He said the accident is still under investigation by the police department, but at this time, there doesn’t appear to be any charges placed against either party.

He said it is also not too uncommon for people who reside in the western end of town to take their horses onto the roadways and this is not an illegal action.

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