Woman suffers minor injury to ankle after Palmetto Carriage crash downtown

One woman was injured Sunday after a horse carriage crash downtown.

Police were called at 10:05 a.m. to respond to the incident on Tradd Street. The woman operating the carriage told them the front left wheel of the carriage detached and frightened the horses, according to a report from the Charleston Police Department.

The horses got out of control and galloped east on Tradd Street onto the sidewalk, at which time the carriage hit a brick wall at a home and a fire hydrant. While straining to gain control of the horses, the woman noticed people trying to jump out of the carriage and told the occupants to stay inside, the report states.

Once the carriage was on the sidewalk, it tilted and a woman jumped off anyway, injuring her ankle. She was taken to Medical University Hospital and the rest of the 14 occupants were taken back to Palmetto Carriage Works.

The company’s general manager, Tommy Doyle, said Monday the horses were not injured and there was no damage to the carriage. A piece of rubber on the wheel came off, causing it to detach, he added.

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