Crews pulling the carriage out of the Missouri River in St. Charles Wednesday night (Credit: KMOV)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A horse pulling a carriage died after running into the Missouri River in St. Charles late Wednesday night.
The horse belonged to St. Louis Carriage Company and owner, Greg Streeter, said an employee was preparing to put the horse in a trailer at the end of the day. But he said the horse got away because the employee failed to follow proper procedure.
"She took the bridle off first which we tell them never to do that, it's the number one thing and the horse started walking away from her and she had no control. And she tried to chase the horse and it kept going farther and faster."
A witness saw the horse running across a parking lot, pulling its carriage.
"I looked up and seen that the shafts, which are the poles on the side, were broke and I knew then he was out of control, said Bucky Adams.
As the spooked horse ran around, the carriage struck several parked cars.
At one point, according to witnesses, the horse turned and started running down a boat ramp towards the Missouri River and then tried to stop before reaching the water, but was unable.
Adams said, "And I knew when he hit that ramp that he wasn't going to stop, he was at full speed right then."
The horse apparently couldn't get out of the water because weight of the carriage and drowned.
Streeter said, "Everybody down here is in a somber mood, it's pretty hard."
The horse was 13-years-old and named 'Cash.' The employee who was handling the horse was fired.
Emergency crews had to call out a of the wrecker to help pull the 2,000 pound horse out of the icy waters.
“We’re not used to dealing with things that are nearly 2,000 pounds,” Chief Casey said. “We get in our zodiacs, a light weight boat, not a whole lot we can do as far as lifting in the water. We had to think about it a little bit, put our heads together and talk with people who are familiar with this animal.”
No one was injured during the incident.
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