Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Skittish horses injure scores of children

Share this article

Skittish horses injure scores of children
Photo: A screenshot from ARD.
08:19 CEST+02:00
A nighttime procession of youthful riders in Lower Saxony on Thursday ended in a dramatic accident when more than 100 frightened horses injured at least 44 people, most of them children.

One 14-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries in the Emsland region after the horses were spooked when one rider apparently dropped a burning torch on the ground.

This caused the animals to panic and throw off the children riding them, according to the police in Lingen.

The ensuing chaos left scores injured and 44 people were taken to the hospital. Doctors said the most seriously hurt girl was in stable condition by midday Friday.

The youths were guests at a holiday stable in Lathen and had been accompanied by several adults. State prosecutors are not investigating the incident.

All of the skittish horses have since been rounded up.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master’s degree from Sweden’s Linköping University

Master’s students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren’t there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?