Santa carriage wrecks when horses spooked

| Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 9:50 p.m.

BEDFORD — A holiday ceremony was marred when horses pulling a sleigh were spooked, injuring the driver and forcing the actors portraying Santa and Mrs. Claus to jump to safety, state police said.

The incident happened about 4:40 p.m. Sunday at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, about 90 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The horses were apparently spooked by band music and bolted, causing a wheeled sleigh they were pulling to crash, state police said.

The driver, identified as Ernie Alwine of Misty Haven Carriage in Somerset County, fell under the sleigh and was taken to a hospital for cuts to his face.

Resort general manager S. Lee Bowden said the actors portraying the Clauses — who are not being identified — “bailed out.”

Mrs. Claus reportedly twisted her ankle in the process.

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