It was a chaotic scene in downtown Savannah early Monday afternoon after a runaway horse-drawn carriage got spooked and ran amuck causing damage to cars and trucks, injuring the carriage driver, scaring the carriage passengers and temporarily shutting down some city streets.
The carriage company says the bit in the horse's mouth broke. The bit is what the carriage driver uses to control the horse and when it broke there was no way of controlling the horse.
The carriage took off from Congress and Barnard streets and traveled east on Barnard with five passengars: the driver, a mother with three children and another woman.
The carriage hit several vehicles and then flipped. All passengers either jumped from or were thrown from the carriage when it flipped over.
The mother and children are ok, according to police, but the driver, Ashley Bignault, sufferd a broken heel bone, and a 67-year-old woman from Sleepy Hollow, NY was treated at a nearby urgent care center and released.
The horse kept running even after the carriage flipped and was eventually stopped by restaurant workers on Congress Lane when employees calmed it with carrots.
Five vehicles were struck by the carriage.
"When I was walking back, I heard a lot of screaming and carrying on," said Liz Lee, whose truck was damaged in the incident. "They were all coming this way, a big crowd of people up here. The police car came down the wrong way on Whitaker. Somebody said someone got shot. And I say my broker, Dicky Mopper, standing there and I said, ‘what in the world is going on' and he said ‘Liz, a carriage just ran into your truck,' and I said ‘What?' and it did, it was a little chaotic."
Police said they are still investigating the incident, but credit some of the local businesses who not only attended to the carriage driver and the family on board, but also calmed the horse down.