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Fourteen injured as horse-drawn coach leaves road

Fourteen people have been injured in an accident involving a horse-drawn coach in Queensland, Australia.

Monday’s accident happened around 11am on Jundah Road, Longreach, Queensland Police reported.

Police said that the horses became spooked, causing the coach to run off a causeway bridge and into a dry creek bed three metres below.

None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening, but some reports suggest several of the victims have broken bones.

The four horses hauling the coach, which had two drivers, escaped injury.

The road was reduced to one lane while officers with the Forensic Crash Unit investigated.

It is believed five children, including a toddler, were among the injured.

One report suggested the horses pulling the replica coach may have been unnerved by rubbish being blown around the causeway by strong winds.

The coach was being operated as part of a tourism venture.

Horsetalk.co.nz

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