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Horse Running In Steeplechase Event Leaps Into Crowd, Injures Seven

Wild animals jumping into crowds and terrorizing fans: not just for bulls anymore! Banna Strand, a horse competing in a steeplechase event in Australia, shed its rider and proceeded to jump over a wrong fence, right into a group of onlookers, injuring seven, including a two-year-old girl and an elderly woman.

Via a Reuters report on Yahoo!:

“Our primary concern is for the well-being of those people that were injured in this freak accident,” Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines said in a statement.

“Ambulances and paramedics were on hand to provide immediate assistance and transfer those requiring further attention to Warrnambool Base Hospital.”

Racing Minister Denis Napthine added: “I have asked Racing Victoria to report back to me on existing safety measures and any recommendations to improve spectator safety.”

A two-year-old girl suffered a fractured collarbone in the melee while an 80-year-old woman was having shoulder and hip x-rays, and a 12-year-old girl x-rays on her foot, said AAP.

Yikes. Damn horses and their rampant individuality. Always trying to be different. Thankfully, no one was more seriously injured by the actions of this rogue horse. It looks like it’s off to the glue factory for you, Banna Strand.

Oh, I’m just kidding. They’ll probably just take the horse behind the barn and shoot it. Calm down, people. So sensitive.

Fans hurt after horse jumps into crowd [Yahoo!]