A runaway carriage horse tore through Central Park and slammed into an open taxi door Monday night.

Around 5:45 p.m., the horse detached from its bridle and ran into Central Park, following its usual route before leaving the park and catching on the taxi at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, according to a Teamsters spokesperson.

"Neither the horse or any people were injured in today's incident," Stephen Malone, carriage driver and industry spokesperson, said in a statement. "What you saw is the industry's professionalism. We knew where the horse would go, corralled it, and brought it back to the stable."


Anti-horse carriage activists said that the driverless carriage caused a panic in Central Park. There were many witnesses, including Mets outfielder Matt Den Dekker:

According to PETA, the horse and carriage nearly hit a few onlookers.
Dan Mathews, a senior vice president at PETA, said the incident shows "the serious public safety menace caused by keeping horses in Manhattan, whether on the streets or in the park."

"This shows the urgency of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to protect people and animals by retiring the horses to sanctuaries," Mathews said in a statement.

De Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell reaffirmed the mayor's commitment to taking horse carriages off city streets.

"We're considering a range of options that would move the horses off our streets, safeguard the animals and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who provide carriage rides," Norvell said in a statement.

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