NEW YORK — Police say a New York City carriage horse took off running after being scared by a screaming pedestrian with an umbrella, leaving three passengers injured and damaging some cars.

Officials say the horse was near Central Park on Sunday afternoon when it was scared by the pedestrian, who was rapidly opening and closing an umbrella while screaming.

The horse ran down Sixth Avenue, hitting two cars before the carriage driver was able to calm the animal down.

Police say three women who were passengers on the carriage were taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center with minor injuries. The horse and driver were not injured.

The parked cars were damaged in the crash, and the carriage was crumpled.

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