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Boy injured in freak horse accident in Stockholm

A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized Saturday after being thrown from a horse-and-buggy ride at a Stockholm Christmas celebration.

Pepin County Sheriff Joel Wener said the boy was one of eight passengers, along with the horses’ owner, on a buggy at the God Jul festival, held Dec. 2, when the incident occurred at about 12:46 p.m.

According to a deputy’s report, the owner of the horses was preparing them and the buggy when a chain came undone from the unit’s hitching bar. That apparently spooked the horses, causing them to take off running while the buggy — carrying children and adults — was partially attached.

Wener said the horses ran through the campground and made an abrupt turn that tipped the buggy. EMS crews responded and treated the injured. The 12-year-old boy was the only one hospitalized, the sheriff said; the others were evaluated and released from the scene.

The boy was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha. The report didn’t identify the boy or his city of residence, the sheriff said.

The owner of the horses, Arkansaw resident James Duden, sustained a minor head injury during the incident, Wener said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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