A rodeo crowd witnesses a horrific scene Geckoman416/YouTube screenshot
Geckoman416/YouTube screenshot

Some sports can be so dangerous that it takes a person with a high level of courage to compete.

Take, for example, chuck wagon racing. The equestrian rodeo sport, in which drivers are led by a team of horses while racing around a track, can often lead to an injury for either the rider or the animals.

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Such was the case for one competitor, who was thrown from his chuck wagon during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Texas in March.

As you can see in the clip above captured by one witness, all seems to be going well until about the :40 mark. In that moment, the unnamed driver of the wagon and his horses try to enter a corner of the track. In doing so, they hit a cone, which results in them getting off course. That’s when the rider takes a tumble and lands onto the ground.

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According to the Houston Press, two horses in the accident also fell to the ground. Luckily though, they ended up walking out of the arena with only mild injuries.

As for the rider, he remained prone on the dirt track as a medical staff rushed to the scene. After examining him for a short while, they hauled him onto a stretcher to be taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. Meanwhile, fans applauded him while an announcer on the loudspeaker asked them to pray for the injured man. A day after the accident, local news reports listed the driver’s condition as “stable.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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