A 4-year-old girl on her way to her Roanoke, Va., birthday party was thrown from a horse-drawn carriage after two draft horses pulling it bolted.
The child, the driver, and her teenage daughter were bruised and battered Sunday after the draft team galloped onto a brick sidewalk, clipping a wall, police and witnesses said. The horses were not injured.
“It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” a witness, David Cordell, said. “I saw them come flying out. I hope that little girl is all right. She was crying up a storm.”
Driver Deb Ferron was dragged for a short distance and suffered a bloodied elbow and scrapes. Her daughter, Brandi Ferron, 15, tried to restrain the carriage and a wheel ran over her leg.
Brandi Ferron and the 4-year-old girl, who was not identified, were taken to a hospital for their injuries and released.
Deb Ferron said she suspected a bridle might have come loose.
The carriage sustained $2,500 to $3,000 in damage.