An investigation has begun after five people were injured at a Northamptonshire steam rally when a shire horse was stung by an insect and bolted into a crowd.
Northamptonshire Police told the Chron it had conducted an investigation on Sunday into the events of the previous afternoon at Hollowell Steam Rally.
They believe the horse was stung on the genitals when it was in the display arena and became distressed.
A total of five people were injured, including two married couples.
Sgt Sam Dobbs who carried out interviews on Sunday said: “During a display of shire horses, a display horse became agitated and broke free from its tether.
“It then broke through a fence and got into the spectator area.
“It caused some injuries before it was re-tethered.”
A husband and wife, aged in their sixties and from the Daventry area, both suffered two broken ribs each and one of the couple had a broken collarbone, although police were on Sunday unable to confirm which one.
As of Sunday evening, the man was still at Northampton General Hospital, where he and his wife were taken shortly after 3pm. She has been discharged.
A woman from a nearby village suffered multiple breaks of a leg as well as cuts and was also taken to NGH.
And a couple from Leicester suffered superficial injuries and were allowed to go home after treatment at the scene.
Sgt Dobbs said: “The event’s health and safety officer has started an investigation. From our point of view it seems to be an unfortunate accident.
“The horse is recovering in the care of its owner.”
An EMICS volunteer doctor was first on scene and assessed and treated the casualties, along with an off-duty East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic, an off-duty intensive care nurse and the on-scene St John’s ambulance first aiders.
A Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance helicopter landed at the scene, but doctors did not convey anyone to hospital. All the casualties taken to NGH went by land ambulance.
The health and safety report will be made to Daventry District Council sometime in the next week.