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Chinese rider injured after horse bolts and slams into car in heavy traffic

Animal hit by car after it was startled by vehicle horns in the street

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 February, 2017, 3:59pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 February, 2017, 4:46pm

A man was left with multiple fractures after the horse he was riding on a road in eastern China bolted and crashed into a fast-moving car.

The incident in Rugao in Jiangsu province was caught on traffic surveillance cameras, Jiangsu Television reported.

The footage shows the horse galloping out of control against the flow of traffic before crashing into an approaching car.

The horseman, whose full name was not given, was tossed into the air at the moment of impact and the horse then ran off.

The rider suffered multiple fractures and lost some of his teeth. The horse remains missing, the report said. The car was visibly dented with its windshield shattered.

The rider decided to ride the horse on the road as he was hungry and eager to get home quickly, he said.

“Soon after I got on the horse, because there were lots of cars and many were honking at us, the horse got scared,” he said.

A police officer, Huang Jin, was quoted as saying he had never seen such chaos on the roads before.

“Horses are categorised as cattle and they are not supposed to be ridden in the streets as a means of transport,” Huang said.

Police ruled that the horseman would be held responsible for the traffic accident, the Yangtse Evening Post reported.