London, Oct 12: A 57-year-old blind woman was trampled to death in front of her family by a horse that went out of control and ran into a crowd of spectators at a country fair in Britain.
Carole Bullett was thrown into the air in front of her horrified daughter and seven-year-old grandson, the Daily Mail reported.
An inquest heard that the horse, called Lucas, started charging through the crowd at Nowton Park Country Fair, Suffolk, in June last year.
The woman was hit by the horse and then run over by the cart it was pulling, crushing her chest under its wheels.
A coroner’s court heard the horse bolted after its bridle was removed so it could eat some hay.
The inquest was told the four-year-old horse, which had been been giving rides to visitors all day, was tired.
Bullett, who lived with her husband in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, was put on the blind register in 1992.
After the accident, she was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.
A pathologist said Bullett received a number of fractures to her ribs and the trauma to the chest had been the cause of death.
The horse was put down in January this year after a worm infestation. But veterinarians told the hearing there was no evidence of any clinical reason for the animal to have exhibited abnormal behaviour.