NBC10 Philadelphia - Doug Shimell
A woman is recovering after her horse suddenly died and fell on top of her at Bucks County Horse Park. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.
A woman is recovering after a horse died and fell on top of her at a park in Bucks County.
It happened Sunday around 3:30 p.m. at the Bucks County Horse Park on the 8900 block of Easton Road in Upper Black Eddy. Officials say a woman was riding a horse up a hill when the animal suddenly died and fell on top of her, trapping her underneath. A person who was on the trail spotted the woman and called 911.
"When we arrived we actually found that the female was trapped with her left leg fully under the horse in the stirrup," said Chief Thomas Rimmer of the Ottsville Volunteer Fire Department. "She was conscious and alert and in a great deal of pain."
The woman told rescuers her horse suffered a fatal heart attack when it fell, crushing her leg in the process. Crews placed high pressure air bags underneath the horse and stacked wooden blocks to support the animal's weight.
"Due to the horse being on an incline one of our big problems or worries was that the horse could slide and further injure the woman when we lifted it," said Ottsville Volunteer Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Thomas.
The woman was finally pulled from underneath the horse after 30 minutes, suffering minor injuries to her leg.