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Carriage Horse Loops Through Central Park Without Driver

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No injuries were reported Monday after a horse pulling a carriage took a quick run through Central Park without any passengers or its driver.

The union representing hansom cab drivers says the horse became detached from its bridle around 5:45 p.m.

The animal ran into the park at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, following its usual route with the carriage still attached.

It looped back around to where it had started and left the park near the Plaza Hotel, where a group of carriage drivers were waiting to corral it.

A group that wants to ban hansom cabs caught the aftermath when the carriage got caught on an open taxi door, and the horse came to a stop.

A spokesman for the industry says the animal was not hurt, and no one was injured.

"Everybody was fine, nobody was hurt. The only casualty was the door of the taxi," said one carriage horse driver.

"These incidents don't happen very often. If it was a vehicle, a car, you would even ignore it," said one passerby.

"When a horse gets freaked out in the middle of dangerous Midtown traffic they run in any direction that they can and the results are very dangerous for all parties involved," said one carriage horse opponent.

After it was caught, the horse's bridle was put back on and it was taken back to the stable.

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