Horse and Carriage Accident at Sinking Springs Cemetery – June 13, 2012

At 15:39, Abingdon Fire was alerted to a accident involving a horse and carriage in the Sinking Springs Cemetery at the west end of Valley Street. It appears that there were two occupants in a carriage and the horse became spooked, rared up, and threw both riders off the carriage. The horse continued pulling the carriage thru the cemetery for appropriately another 100 yards and then became separated from the carriage. The house then took off down Russell, Valley and onto Main Street where it was finally corralled in the 200 Block of West Main Street. Meanwhile, both occupants sustained serious injuries and were evaluated by EMS personnel. The injuries of both subjects were determined to be serious enough to require a medical helicopter. Med-Flight 2 was requested and did transport one of the riders to Bristol Regional Medical Center. The other rider requested not to go by helicopter but was transported by ambulance to Johnston Memorial Hospital. Units of the Abingdon Fire Department set up the Landing Zone on Latture Field, which is adjacent to the accident scene. Engine 201, Brush 208, Utility 207, Support 206, and Command 209 responded along with units from Washington County Life Saving Crew, Abingdon Ambulance Service, Glade Spring Life Saving Crew (who had just left JMH and were requested to assist), Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Abingdon Police Department.