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Carriage Horse Accident - Follow Up

The trouble began as the brown hansom-cab horse and its driver were leaving the Shamrock Stable on West 45th Street at 6 p.m. and the animal was startled by a truck.

It bolted through the intersection of 46th Street and 11th Avenue, where its leather reins became entangled with a sedan, witnesses said.

The horse apparently pulled the vehicle onto its roof as it tried to run from the screeching tires and revving engine.

The horse's handler was able to control the animal, which amazingly was not injured during the mayhem, police said.

The 30-year-old driver of the car, Sammy Figueroa, had been hunting for a parking space in a green Chevy Prism when the horse plowed into him, said the car's owner, Tim Leahy, who watched the accident unfold from across the street.

"I just hope he's all right," Leahy said. "He was just doing me a favor finding a parking spot."

Figueroa was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital for a minor cut on his hand.