Three People Injured after Virginia Carriage Horses Bolt

A 4-year-old girl on her way to her Roanoke, Va., birthday party was thrown from a horse-drawn carriage after two draft horses pulling it bolted.

The child, the driver, and her teenage daughter were bruised and battered Sunday after the draft team galloped onto a brick sidewalk, clipping a wall, police and witnesses said. The horses were not injured.

"It was one of the scariest things I've ever seen," a witness, David Cordell, said. "I saw them come flying out. I hope that little girl is all right. She was crying up a storm."

Driver Deb Ferron was dragged for a short distance and suffered a bloodied elbow and scrapes. Her daughter, Brandi Ferron, 15, tried to restrain the carriage and a wheel ran over her leg.

Brandi Ferron and the 4-year-old girl, who was not identified, were taken to a hospital for their injuries and released.

Deb Ferron said she suspected a bridle might have come loose.

The carriage sustained $2,500 to $3,000 in damage.

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