A Carriage Horse Ran Four Blocks Through Midtown After Colliding With a Car

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A man waits in a horse drawn carriage outside of Central Park on April 15, 2010 in New York, New York. A new law that passed the New York City Council will require carriage horses to have bigger stalls, five weeks of yearly rest time, and blankets to keep them warm in cold temperatures. The law, which is expected to be signed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will also raise the price of a carriage ride to $50 for the first 20 minutes instead of the current $34 for the first half-hour
A different horse. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Most Central Park carriage horse news consists of sad tales of animals just collapsing and dying on the street. Today's story is a little more exciting, though also ultimately sad. This afternoon, a horse-drawn carriage carrying two passengers overturned after colliding with a car at 59th Street and Seventh Avenue. The horse escaped the wreckage and — with its haress and, for at least some of the time, part of the carriage still attached — ran all the way to 57th Street and Ninth Avenue before it "slowed to a stop right behind the cars and waited for the light," according to one witness. With the help of a passerby, a cop then managed to tie the "terrified" and bloody animal to a lampost before shooting it with a tranquilizer dart, causing it to slump to the ground. Eventually, the horse got up and was led into the back of a police truck, which hopefully transported it to a place less scary than midtown.