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Horses bolt and pull the carriage and its occupants several meters with them

The carriage was demolished in the accident.  One of the horses was also injured.

A carriage had an accident in Kürten (Rheinisch-Bergischer district) on Tuesday. Two occupants were slightly injured.

Kurten – When a carriage horse in Kürten (Rheinisch-Bergischer district) startled yesterday afternoon, it bolted and tore a carriage with two occupants with it.

The carriage was demolished in the accident. One of the horses was also injured. © Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis police authority

The animal in the village of Richerzhagen is said to have been startled around 3 p.m., after which it stepped over the pull cord, according to the police report. The other horse was also startled and both animals panicked.

The 50-year-old carriage driver from Bergisch Gladbach could no longer control the situation and handed the reins to her 69-year-old passenger. But even he couldn’t calm the horses, so the team went off the road.

The carriage overturned with its occupants and was pulled a few meters further by the horses before it finally came to a standstill in an upright position.

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Both the 50-year-old and the 69-year-old passenger were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries.

One of the horses was slightly injured in the accident on the hind leg and cared for by relatives of those involved in the accident. The carriage suffered total damage of 6,500 euros.

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