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Woman rescued hanging off bridge in horse-drawn carriage

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Published on Jun 13, 2014

NEWPORT, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- All she was doing was her job, driving a horse-drawn carriage across the Taylor Southgate Bridge, when things went terribly wrong.

She was hit from behind and thrown across the bridge, dangling hundreds of feet above the river. It was ordinary people doing extraordinary things that saved her life. Crews worked to upright the mangled carriage on the Taylor Southgate Bridge.




Shortly before 5:30p.m. Thursday a driver hit the back of the carriage sending the carriage operator over a concrete barrier. She dangled off the bridge.

Chief Tom Collins of the Newport Police Department said, "The officer called out that he needed us to get there right away. So we were literally there in like 30 seconds and by the grace of God we were. Because I'm telling you this situation could've been a whole lot worse that what it was."




The first officer on the scene and another person pulled the woman to safety. She works for Elegant Carriages and was operating her carriage south into Newport. Police say the impact of the collision knocked her a considerable distance. The landing saved her from going into the river.

"I mean she could've ended up in the water very easily as she did on that structure," said Chief Collins. "For some reason when she fell across she kind of got stuck and she was crossways like a 'T' across the bridge and that stopped her fall."




Medics rushed the woman to UC Medical Center. Chief Collins said the civilian and officer quickly did what needed to be done to save the woman.




"This was a very tense situation for a while, especially with the person hanging literally over the edge of the bridge. And this is one of those circumstances where ordinary people do special things," he said.

The woman's condition has not been released. Police say she was able to talk to them before medics rushed her to the hospital. The driver of the car was not hurt.

So far, the driver has not been charged. But police say they will present the case to the Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney to review for potential charges.

The carriage company said the horse is doing fine.



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