Woman Injured, Horse Dead After Accident

CHAUTAUQUA – An unidentified woman was placed a medically induced coma at an Erie, Pa., hospital after being thrown from a horse in the town of Chautauqua. The horse died as a result of the accident.

The woman, whose and name and address have not been released, suffered a fractured skull while riding the horse eastbound on Route 430 around 9:30 p.m. Monday. According to state police reports, a truck driving eastbound struck the horse, throwing the woman to the ground.

An oncoming vehicle in the westbound lane avoided the accident. However, a second westbound vehicle struck the horse.

Sgt. Scott Thayer of the State Police said the woman was in the middle of the road when the accident occurred.

“I don’t remember the last time seeing a horse in the road around there,” Thayer said. “There’s no reason to be riding a horse like that. It was dark, and maybe the horse got spooked and that’s why she was in the middle of the road.”

The woman was transported by helicopter to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. No further information on her condition was available.

Drivers of the truck and vehicle that struck the horse sustained no injuries, police said. The horse died at the scene.

According to Thayer, the woman was unable to tell police what happened before being airlifted. She reportedly was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, he said.

“We may never know what really happened or what was going on,” he said. “With these types of accidents, people usually don’t remember what happened.”

No charges have been filed at this time.