Manhattan horse goes wild and injures 3 people after getting spooked by umbrellaBy Tanya Clark 1:47 PM February 6, 2018
A horse got spooked and injured several people after a pedestrian opened an umbrella, according to police in New York.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said that they are investigating the incident, which unfolded at a red light on Center Drive and West 59th Street, on Sunday, at around 12:30 p.m.
The horse named Arthur was being driven by Colm McKeever who has worked in Central Park for many years.
He has given thousands of rides to tourists and has never encountered such an issue.
While waiting at the red light, a pedestrian opened their umbrella.
Arthur got spooked and began running out of control.
McKeever was thrown off the back of the horse while the carriage overturned.
Three tourists suffered injuries and were taken to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, where they were treated and released.
The out of control horse was stopped after the carriage became wedged between two cars in front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
That is when the NYPD and horse handlers were able to calm the horse down.
Animal rights group NYCLASS urged New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio to ban horse and buggy rides from the streets, saying this incident proved that the lives of citizens are at risk.
McKeever did not suffer any injuries.
So far, no charges have been filed.