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Runaway Horses At Apple Orchard

September 17, 2012, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Runaway Horses At Apple Orchard
Courtesy: Elizabeth Colbert

Some runaway horses took several visitors at an apple orchard for a frightening ride this weekend.  It happened at the Country Apple Orchard near Harrisburg during its annual fall festival.

Something spooked a team of horses pulling a wagon of apple pickers; those onboard and other witnesses say they were terrified for lives.

The pictures, taken after the horses had finally stopped in a grove of apple trees, don't even begin to tell the story.

"Definitely the scariest thing that's every happened to me," Elizabeth Colbert said.

Colbert was on the wagon with her sister and niece.  She says she thought she was going to die, but her main concern was protecting the children who were onboard, including her niece.

"She's just this little thing and when the horses started bucking and started taking off, it didn't seem real.  Seemed like it was out of a movie," Colbert said.

She says the teamster, the man at the reigns, fell off the wagon along with a few other people. Some were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

"We've heard a little girl has a broken pelvis, one person broke their leg, and it looked like some other people had some injuries too," Colbert said. 

Nick Ruscitti, who works at KELO-TV, was there with his family and witnessed the chaos. He says he was standing about 20 feet from the horses, when he heard a loud bang.

"Before you know it, these horses are taking off down the road and I literally had to grab my son and pull him off to safety," Ruscitti said.  "It was about like, if you've ever seen America's Most Shocking Videos, like living that experience.  Like something you'd expect to see on TV, but only you're there and it all just happened like that."

"People asked, 'Did you think about this?'  You don't have time to think.  It's just adrenaline pumping in the moment.  'This is not how I want to die; this is not how I want to end my life,'" Colbert said.

Colbert received some bumps and bruises, but is thankful no one was killed.

We contacted the owner of the Apple Orchard; Nancy Olson said it was an unfortunate accident.

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