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Spooked Horse Forces Tourists To Jump Off Runaway Carriage (VIDEO)

04/17/2014 12:40 EDT | Updated 04/17/2014 12:59 EDT

What started as a carriage ride in downtown Savannah, Ga., turned abruptly into something of a high-speed roller-coaster for five tourists after their driver lost control of her horse on Monday.

The family of visitors from New York were forced to jump from the runaway carriage after the horse became spooked and its headgear broke, leaving the animal to gallop uncontrollably, smashing into five cars in the process, CBS News reports.

Traffic cameras caught the entire incident as it unfolded.

Witnesses told NBC-affiliate WSAV, the horse, named Oscar, was moving faster than usual.

"I heard the horse coming down and said it sounds like its going awfully fast for in the city, or for a tour. I turned around, could see the horse galloping. Hit with its full chest on the side of the Nissan," said Aaron Senne.

The tourists, which included three children, all suffered minor injuries but were treated and later released. The driver, Ashley Bignault, was taken to a nearby hospital after the incident left her with a broken ankle, according to Boston.com.

Oscar however, was uninjured after it's ride down six city blocks. Employees from a nearby restaurant eventually calmed him down by feeding it carrots, the Augusta Chronicle reported. Despite the incident, Oscar will return to duty with Historic Savannah Carriage Tours, according to local media reports.

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