Inquest into horse bolt victim

The scene of the tragedy Photo:

An inquest began today into the death of a woman killed by a runaway horse at a country fair in Suffolk.

The picture above shows the scene in June 2011 when Lucas, a four year old Strawberry roan Breton horse, bolted into a crowd at Nowton Park Country Fair.

57 year old Carole Bullett from Bury St Edmunds was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital by air ambulance but died the following morning from chest injuries. She had been visiting the fair with her husband, her daughter and her grandson.

Ten other people were also injured. Seven were taken to the West Suffolk Hospital by the emergency services.

Bury St Edmunds Coroner Peter Dean heard that the horse was owned by Duncan Dry who ran carriage trips around Bury St Edmunds.

The horse called Lucas was a 3 and a half year old colt. The court heard he'd finished a full days work and his driver Sally Tyrell removed his bit and bridle to feed him some hay.

Moments later something spooked him and, still attached to carriage, he ran into a crowd who were watching a BMX display.

The Health and Safety Executive have spent more than a year assessing exactly what went wrong.

The Jury will hear further evidence over the next fortnight about exactly what caused Lucas to be spooked. And what lessons can be learnt for the future. The inquest continues.