Tree Branch Falls On Woman Riding Horse

7:17 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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Newberry County, SC (WLTX) -- What seemed to be a peaceful Mother's Day horseback ride in Lynch's Woods Park in Newberry County turned scary.

"It's just almost a little, small bit of country right near the city," Chris Johnson said.

Chris Johnson was born and raised in Newberry County. And he knows Lynch's Woods like the back of his hand. 

"We actually train here every year. We come out and do missing person training," he said.

He volunteers with EMS on the weekends and is used to rescuing a hiker or two, but on Sunday he had to rescue a horseback rider.

The sheriff's office said two college students were walking the park when they heard a tree fall.

"I believe they heard her call for help and made the call to 911," Johnson said. "What I believe happened is that she was trying to cross this ravine through the creek. And I believe it was a large diameter limb from the tree, it was about five inches in diameter, but it fell and hit her and the horse, knocking her off of the horse."

Emergency vehicles went two and a half miles into the woods on rough terrain to find the woman. 

"You can't just ride up to them in an ambulance and pick them up and put them in the truck, so we have an ATV that's specially designed for this type of stuff," Johnson said.

Rescuers carried her across the creek and up a hill.

"The area where this young lady was at actually comes off the roadway and down to a decent size ravine wth a creek that runs through it which made it a little difficult," he said. 

Johnson believes there was nothing anyone could do to stop this incident.

"She was just unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

The woman was taken to the hospital with lower body injuries.

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