04/05/2017 10:42 EDT | Updated 04/05/2017 10:57 EDT

Horse Falls Into Utility Vault In California After Leaving Taco Bell

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say a horse returning from a run to Taco Bell escaped serious injury after falling into a 1.5-metre-deep (five-foot) hole in Southern California.

Fire officials say the saddled horse and its rider had just left a Taco Bell near downtown Riverside on Saturday when the cover on a utility vault collapsed.

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Fire officials say the horse and its rider were atop a utility vault when the cover collapsed. (Photo: CBS2 LA/Screenshot)

Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie says a crane was initially requested to haul the horse from the vault but it wasn't needed. The animal managed to position itself so crews could pull it out using ropes.

A veterinarian says the horse suffered minor cuts to its legs.

DeLaurie tells the Press-Enterprise that it's unusual to see a horse in that part of the inland city of about 300,000 people.

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