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Horse carriage crash at fairytale castle

The Local · 8 Oct 2012, 15:23

Published: 08 Oct 2012 15:23 GMT+02:00

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The accident reportedly happened on a road leading from the car park to the castle at around 12:30pm on Monday.

Eyewitnesses said the two horses of a coach carrying seven tourists bolted downhill away from the castle. The driver apparently leapt from the vehicle as it began moving, suffering minor injuries.

A mother and two children, aged nine and eleven, were thrown from the carriage when it hit a wall after around 500 metres, local radio broadcaster Allgäuhit reported.

See pictures of the aftermath of the accident here

The carriage then continued down the hill where it rammed into a parked coach - containing no passengers - and a tree. The driver of the empty coach was knocked off his seat and fell to the ground.

The first coach then continued some distance before getting stuck on a tree trunk, where the four remaining Japanese tourists on board were thrown. They suffered minor injuries, but the two horses had to be put down because of the severity of their injuries. It remains unclear why they suddenly bolted.

Several ambulances were called to the scene. The woman and two children who were thrown first are said to have suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital by helicopter - the other six people involved are thought to have escaped with relatively light injuries.

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16:48 October 8, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
Some body has been feeding the horses "Loco Weed."
17:47 October 8, 2012 by pepsionice
Years ago, I was at the castle and had the opportunity to ride the "wagon" down.....and just plain declined. I thought this was unsafe. My guess is that the local authorities will review safety and eventually agree to end the practice. If this was all flat, I don't think I'd have an issue.....but it is simply not flat.
19:55 October 8, 2012 by zeddriver
I have been on those carriages several times. They have automobile tires AND brakes. You would think that it would at least slow them down a lot. Oh wait! I forgot. That requires a driver to be present. For the driver to just jump to safety and leave those people to fend for themselves. Is pure chicken s**t cowardice. Not only should that driver be fired. He/She along with the company that hire such cowards should face many lawsuits.
21:23 October 8, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
lawsuits in Germany for negligence yield very little. In the UK the company would be held vicariously liable for the drivers malpractice and hit with huge fines. But this being Germany the insurance companies being gods the courts will make the driver take more training and tell the company to pay a few hundred euros in compensation and promise not to let it happen again. Is it any wonder I nearly trip and break my neck at least 5 times a day on the streets of Berlin with all the building work going on. No incentive for the construction companies to keep public areas safe. An accident is easily paid off.
23:11 October 8, 2012 by zeddriver
If no one is liable for anything they do wrong. Then why would the following be mandated?

The minimum coverage defined by Germany law for car liability insurance / third party personal insurance is:

7.5 Million Euro for bodily injury (damage to people), 1 Million Euro for property damage and 50,000 Euro for financial/fortune loss which is in no direct or indirect coherence with bodily injury or property damage. Indeed Insurance Companies usually offer all-in/combined single limit insurances of 50 Million Euro or 100 Million Euro (about 141 Million Dollar) for bodily injury, property damage and other financial/fortune loss (usually with a bodily injury coverage limitation of 8 to 15 Million Euro for EACH bodily injured person).
09:19 October 9, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I wonder about that also Zeddriver. Take for example last year when people passed out due to heat on a DB train due to their negligence in not controlling the heat on their carriages. These people ended up in hospital and were very ill. All they got was a few hundred euros for their troubles. As a result DB renages on its obligations to look after its passengers every year and this happens on a regular basis every summer. I reckon one would want to be decapitated and hung drawn and quartered to get a million in Germany. The usual payout for injury such as a broken leg or arm due to a companies negligence is usually in the low thousands. I guess those figures you have are just a sales gimmick from the insurance companies who know full well they are extremely unlikely to pay out such sums.
09:51 October 9, 2012 by green idea factory
Headline should be "Two innocent horses killed in human tourism screw-up" or at the very least the two deaths ("put down") should have been mentioned in the first paragraph. These horses had names, friends and history.
15:22 October 9, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Here is another example of the lenience of the German courts to negligence.

08:13 October 11, 2012 by hankeat
May in one life one of the horses rebirth as the driver's wife and the other one as his mother-in-law.
21:18 October 17, 2012 by skola28
By the way, I was there right after the accident. This story seems highly unlikely as being true.

What it looked like, was the carriage was being driven down a very steep slippery slope, and the horses started to slip. There was probably 30 meters of hoof scrapes that you could see the horses were trying to stop; at that point, there was a wall that had a gigantic impact mark, and several 10's of meters of scraping, at the end of which was a big pile of blood.

I didn't talk to anyone who was 'there' but it seems to me that someone is trying to cover up some negligence on the part of the driver.
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