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Another horse-drawn carriage accident in NYC

From Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages (BHDC)
November 2012

A passerby walking down Central Park South witnessed an incident involving a carriage horse on Friday evening, November 23rd at the corner of 7th Ave. and Central Park South opposite the NY Athletic Club. She told us that she was walking with a friend when she heard shouting. Thinking it was just another case of road rage, she did not look.

But then the shouts intensified and she heard animal sounds and hooves scraping the ground. She looked over and saw the horse had spooked and was trying to back up out into the traffic. The driver was screaming and pulling the reins. The horse started pulling in the opposite direction. Then there was a loud crash and the horse was on the ground having taken a terrible spill, caught between the carriage shafts. The horse finally struggled to his feet.

We do not know what caused the horse to spook. Many accidents just like this and worse go unreported since the drivers are not required to make such reports. Horses should not be on the crowded congested streets of NYC.

They weigh between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds and if spooked, they can bolt into traffic causing injury or death to themselves or pedestrians and significant property damage. Because of their size and power, they become unwitting weapons.  

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