The latest downtown carriage accident damaged the City Market and led to a spooked horse running off, according to police.
Early Tuesday morning, a carriage driver was turning the corner at South Market and State streets when the carriage hit the scaffolding at the Market, dragging it into the street. It led to more scaffolding to fall and buckets of paint to spill onto the brick wall and the surrounding sidewalk.
A police report notes the commotion startled the horse, and it ran off with the carriage. No injuries were reported and Carolina Polo Carriage Co. took responsibility for the damages.
The City Market is more than halfway through a $5 million makeover.
Last year, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called on Charleston to end horse-drawn carriage operations due to a string of horse accidents over the past few years that have caused several injuries and damage to passengers, vehicles, buildings, and public property.
Mayor Joe Riley refused, saying the industry had been “vigilantly” managed over the past 25 years and that the industry is “highly motivated to ensure safety for their riders and for their horses.”