NEW YORK -- A horse pulling two tourists on a carriage ride in Manhattan bolted in fear Thursday and ran several blocks after apparently colliding with a vehicle, tearing away from the carriage and leaving it and the passengers sprawled in the street.
The brown-and-white horse was eventually caught, tied to a pole and tranquilized, sinking heavily to the pavement as police officers and passers-by watched. Neither the tourists nor the driver were reported to have been seriously hurt. The horse was also reported to be fine.
The chaos began about 4:20 p.m., but witnesses gave varying accounts of how it happened. Some said the horse became frightened and ran out of control after being hit by a limousine driver. Some said a truck's loud horn startled the horse, which then collided with a car. And some said the horse and a vehicle collided as the carriage driver tried to merge into traffic.
One thing was clear: The carriage driver was on the street, possibly trying to calm the animal down, when the horse began running through the crowded streets with a frightened Australian couple in the cheerful red-and-white carriage. At some point, the carriage tipped over but the horse kept going, tearing away from the cart. It was captured on 9th Avenue by a passer-by and a police officer.