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Riders warned to ‘be careful’ after three horse-related accidents


Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) personnel have issued a warning for people to “be careful” following three horse-related accidents at the weekend.

Emergency services were called to separate incidents at Maitland, Morisset and the Upper Hunter on Saturday 3 December, with all patients requiring hospitalisation.

“All three occurred in different scenarios,” a WRHS spokesperson said.

“However, the one common factor was someone suffered a serious injury.

“So, it’s a timely reminder for residents to remain vigilant around equine animals, which are quite powerful and, sometimes, difficult to control.”

About 8.30am, the WRHS was tasked by NSW Ambulance to a property at Oakhampton, near Maitland.

It followed reports a 23-year-old man was trampled by a horse, sustaining back injuries.

He was treated on scene by paramedics and the chopper’s Critical Care Medical Team prior to being air-lifted to John Hunter Hospital.

Six hours later, the WRHS attended a primary mission at Mandalong, near Morisset.

There, a 53-year-old man suffered chest injuries in a fall.

After being treated by paramedics and the Critical Care Medical Team, he was conveyed to John Hunter Hospital.

Then, about 5.45pm, the WRHS was tasked to a property at Gungal, west of Muswellbrook.

An 18-year-old woman sustained a head injury when kicked by a horse.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported by road ambulance to rendezvous with the helicopter at Merriwa Hospital.

The Critical Care Medical Team took as she was air-lifted to John Hunter Hospital.

All three patients were in a stable condition.

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