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Drone blamed for spooking horse that injured 3 in Colorado

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Posted at 8:44 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 22:44:31-05

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — A low-flying drone is being blamed for spooking a horse that ran over three people during a winter racing contest in southwest Colorado.

The accident happened Saturday at a skijoring race in Silverton. Skijoring is a race where horses pull cross-country skiers through a series of gates and jumps.

The Durango Herald reports that a horse at the race darted into the crowd. Two women were hospitalized, and a third man suffered a bloody chin. The spectators were unable to escape the horse's path because of a large snowbank behind them

San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad said he planned to ticket the drone pilot, who was not immediately identified.

Event organizers said drones will no longer be allowed to fly over the event.

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