Spooked Horse Terrorizes Car-Free Island

Three screenshots from a video of a horse running wild.
Three screenshots from a video of a horse running wild.

The horse got spooked and bolted down Main Street.

Mackinac Island in Michigan is one of the rare places in the U.S. where you won’t find a car, as the island has had a strict ban on cars for more than 100 years. That doesn’t mean the island is without horsepower, though; instead it turns to actual horses for power. While that might reduce emissions and cut the queues at gas stations, it does come with its own issues when the horses get spooked.

That’s exactly what happened on the car-free island earlier this year, when a horse pulling a carriage got spooked on one of the island’s main streets. In a video that’s doing the rounds on social media this week, you can see a horse running wildly down the street, dragging another horse and a wooden carriage with it.


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“They were harnessed up at the time,” he said. “Then the driver fell from the buggy and suffered serious injuries, including head injuries.”

The horses were taken out of rotation and off the island, he said. They weren’t injured. He declined to identify the driver.

The driver of the buggy reportedly suffered “serious injuries” and has not yet returned to work on the island. The driver, who has not yet been named, was airlifted off the island following the crash, which involved a buggy from Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

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