I seem to be walking right into breaking news lately.
This afternoon I was walking across Central Park South towards Columbus Circle. In front of Mickey Mantle’s, there was quite a scene. Two horses went bizerk and caused a car accident.
By the time I got there, it had already happened, and they were removing one of the horses. Here’s the story I heard from a guy who witnessed the whole thing.
There was a guy walking down the sidewalk banging on a drum. He ended up spooking a stopped horse. If you’ve ever walked along CPS, you know that is where the horses stop to rest and eat. The hansoms usually “park” them on a 45 degree angle. So the drum spooked the horse. As a result, the horse reared up and bolted up on to the sidewalk.
However, it didn’t get far at all because it’s harness got stuck on a light-post. So the horse stepped back and got its foot stuck in the carriage wheel, and broke it’s leg.
All that insanity spooked the horse in front of it. The second horse just bolted straight across the street 90 degrees into traffic. It ended up on the hood of a small Mercedes. It really crunched it up pretty bad. The light, bumper, and hood were all bent up.
Meanwhile, there was some guy sitting across the street eating in Mickey Mantle’s. He just so happened to be some sort of horse expert. He ran across the street and took the second horse off the hood of the car, unhooked it from its carriage, walked it over to a light pole, and tied it up. He then worked on calming the horse down, which he did. He then went to attend to the first, injured horse.
The first horse ended up being put down right there on the scene. However, it took over 40 minutes for emergency officials to respond! Other than some mounted police, no one with animal control showed in time to save the animal. Some cops told passers by that the horse was just tranquilized. However, others told reporters that it had in fact been euthanized.
All of this on the way to the subway. Quite the afternoon!