HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - A terrible crash at the Buffalo Raceway was captured on video.
Though it is hard to watch, News 4 is told every driver and every horse survived Friday night's accident, which took place during the third race around 7:20 p.m. in Hamburg.
The video showing the accident was posted on Buffalo Raceway's website. The Raceway's Chief Operating Officer tells News 4 one of the horses broke its stride and four drivers were thrown to the track.
Two of them were trampled by a horse, and were taken to ECMC. Tim Bojarski, President of Upstate New York Harness Writers Association, released a statement the following day to update the condition of drivers Jack Flanigen and Ray Fisher.
He stated, "I was at ECMC last night to see Jack Flanigen. He checked out okay, and was sent home. No concussion, no broken bones, nothing but sore from hitting the track. Jim Mango (C.O.O. Buffalo Raceway) called me this morning, and told me he talked to Ray Fisher, who was sent home this morning. He has a broken back (2 vertebrae) and a fractured pelvis, but will not require surgery. He said about 5 weeks off. So as bad as it looked, it turned out better than what most of us expected."
The Chief Operating Officer says this race involved 2-year-old horses that he says are inexperienced. He added that this is the risk that comes with racing 1,000-plus pound horses at 30 MPH speeds. Races did continue after the crash.
According to the raceway, the horses involved in the accident received only minor injuries.
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