Tue., April 22, 2014 3:54pm (EDT)

Savannah Carriage Companies 'Upgrading' Policies After Runaway Horse Incident
By Sarah McCammon
media link
Updated: 3 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
A horse spooked and threw its driver before running through downtown Savannah while carrying several passengers. Photo Credit: Screen capture, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police video
A horse spooked and threw its driver before running through downtown Savannah while carrying several passengers. Photo Credit: Screen capture, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police video
Carriage company owners in Savannah say they’re taking steps to better prepare their drivers for emergencies, after a runaway horse tore through downtown traffic last week while carrying several passengers.

The driver suffered broken bones, and video of the incident made the rounds on social media and national television shows.

Taylor Watts owns Plantation Carriage Company. It was not involved in the incident, but one of his employees rushed to help.

Watts says he’s asking his drivers to have supplies on hand that could help stop a runaway horse.

“Keeping lead ropes and halters and all of those types of apparatus there handy on the carriage,” Watts says. "Because when you get to a scene like that you don’t know what you’re gonna need.”

Speaking at a meeting of Savannah’s Tourism Advisory Committee on Tuesday morning, Watts says several horse-and-carriage companies in the city are adjusting their policies in an effort to prevent similar problems.

The committee chairwoman, Vaughnette Goode-Walker, says she doesn’t expect any immediate changes to the city’s ordinances governing carriage companies.


Here's video of the runaway horse below: