Three Injured, Including One Horse, in Downtown Crash
Two people are in the hospital after being hit by a horse carriage that was rammed after a chain reaction of other collisions in front a busy downtown restaurant.
Original article posted April 3, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Two people are in the hospital after being hit by a horse carriage that was rammed after a chain reaction of other collisions in front a busy downtown restaurant.
Officials also say one of the horses was injured, but not seriously.
It happened in front of the Glacier Brewhouse restaurant around 8 p.m. Saturday.
Officials say a Volkswagen car was stopped at the Westmark Hotel parking lot ready to go west on 5th Avenue. A white truck hit the Volkswagen from behind, pushing it into 5th Avenue.
The white truck continued to go forward striking the Volkswagen once again from behind, then slamming into the parked horse carriage in front of the Glacier Brewhouse, pinning at least one person to the wall of the restaurant.
Two people were sent to the hospital and officials do not know the extent of their injuries. Officials also say it could have been a lot worse.
"It was a close call for everybody and I am just glad it didn't turn out to be any worse than it did," said Captain Joe Olbrecht with the Anchorage Fire Department.
The Anchorage Police Department gave a sobriety test to the truck diver.
The cause of the accident is still unknown. But witnesses say the driver may have had a seizure.
The restaurant was not evacuated.