Spooked Horses Spark Accident At NH Apple Orchard, 6 Hurt

HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. (CBS) – Police in New Hampshire said there were six people injured following an accident at an apple orchard on Sunday.

Police said two hayrides were taking place at Applecrest Farm when one of the wagons became loose and spooked the horses. The horses then frantically took off, violently pulling the wagon full of people.

Four people were taken to Exeter Hospital with minor injuries and two others were seriously hurt.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

The owner of one of the horses was med-flighted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Police said she stepped in front of it to calm it down and to make sure the horse didnt injure any other people. In the process, she got badly hurt.

The police chief said apple picking and hay rides are a huge tradition at the farm, and that what happened Sunday was an “unfortunate accident.”

The hayrides were shut down for the rest of day. State police are investigating.

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  • JP Faiella

    I was at the scene today and went to assist. The owner of the horse did not look good. Please keep this post updated with new information as it becomes available.

  • royp

    Great, now the Lefties will want to regulate the haywagons. Seatbelts, licensing for drivers (with requisite fees of course)… I hope everyone is OK.

  • JP Faiella

    Really? Really? Were you there?! I was…and people were hurt…one person seriously. Not to mention the tons of children scared and crying. Keep your political chatter to yourself. Now is not the time.

    • Jim Donovan

      I agree.

  • A Jewell

    I was on this hayride with my dad, brother, his gf, and my three month old nephew. Absolutely terrifying. Really puts how fragile your life is into perspective. The driver of our ride was pinned under the carriage and being dragged by these horses, thankfully he was okay, with far less injuries then we expected. I hope he & the owner of the horses, as well as all others injured will be alright. Last thing you expect to happen when you go to pick some apples!

  • Family Member

    Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. She needs a really big prayer chain going right now to pull though this. This is a very hard time in my family and she is still in very critical condition. Thanks everyone!

    • Joe

      I just said a prayer for her and will continue to do so. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God please have mercy on this woman!

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/09/26/nh-horse-owner-in-critical-condition-after-out-of-control-hayride/ NH Horse Owner In Critical Condition After Out Of Control Hayride « CBS Boston

    […] {{url}}"}};}Hampton Falls, NH (CBS) – Six people were injured when a horse drawn hayride got out of control in Hampton Falls. One of the victims owns the horses and is still in critical condition at a Boston […]

  • Tsal

    I have said a prayer for all concerned. I don’t go on rides with horses. This can happen too easily no matter what temperament the horses have. Horses are flight animals It’s tragic. I pray all involved will fully recover

    • hal

      we live in ohio joan and loyd are good freinds, we know joan nwont give up cause she has to look after loyd. well be in nh when u can have vistors.

  • Equine Abby

    Hopefully, the seriously injured owner will pull through.

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