A startled horse in Downtown Charleston overturned a carriage and bent a stop sign down to the ground, according to a police report.

Near 10 a.m. on March 26, a Classic Carriage Tours driver was turning the corner at Market and Anson streets when she says the horse was startled by the sound of construction machinery. The frightened animal then allegedly ran down the street “at a high rate of speed.” The driver veered the horse and carriage to the side of the road in order to avoid pedestrians.

“The result of the sudden stop overturned the carriage, bending the stop sign at North Market St. and Anson St. Completely over onto the sidewalk,” according to the police report.

The driver and two other tour company workers were not injured and declined medical assistance.

Other accidents we’ve reported:

A horse carriage hit the rear bumper of a police car in January. The carriage driver from Palmetto Carriage Co. told police the horse was “spooked” by a puddle of water. There were no injuries. Highway patrol responded to the scene but did not file a report because the horse carriage was not a motor vehicle.

• Another Classic Carriage driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries Oct. 18 after a startled carriage horse ran between two parked cars, tipping over the carriage and throwing her from her seat. She told police the rubber around the carriage wheel came off, startling the horse.

• Last March, someone reportedly struck a carriage wheel, spooking the horse and sending the carriage into race speed. The carriage driver calmed the horse after about a block, but the carriage had about $2,500 in damage.

• And last February, we covered two horse carriage incidents within 10 days of one another, including one that injured six tourists.

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