Nowton Park horse bolt victim named as Carole Bullett

  • 20 June 2011
  • From the section Suffolk

A woman who died after a horse hitched to a carriage bolted and crashed into spectators at an event in Suffolk has been named.

57-year-old Carole Bullett from Bury St Edmunds was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, but later died.

Eight people were taken to hospital after the incident at the organised event in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday.

An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council chief executive Geoff Rivers said health and safety officers were investigating.

The other injured people were treated and later discharged from West Suffolk Hospital.

Witnesses told the BBC people screamed "look out" as the horse and carriage bolted towards crowds and while most quickly moved out of the way, Ms Bullett was hit at full speed.

'Sincere regrets'

The council, which organised the event, said this was the first time it had organised the horse and carriage rides in 22 years of the show.

Mr Rivers told BBC Look East: "Any event is routinely risk assessed in very detailed form and unfortunately an accident did happen this time.

"Something happened so the horse took fright, bolted, went round the circuit it had traditionally done when it was giving rides, and then broke away from that and crashed right down the middle avenue where most people were."

He said: "We express our sincere regrets and sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased person."

Suffolk Police were contacted by the ambulance service just before 1630 BST. Police said more people may have made their own way to hospital.

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