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Officer describes saving carriage driver after bridge crash

NEWPORT, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- New information Friday about the victim in a horse-drawn carriage crash on the Taylor Southgate Bridge.

39-year-old Tina Hemmingway of Crittenden suffered several broken bones including four facial fractures, a broken leg and a fractured pelvis.  Hemmingway was driving the carriage across the bridge at 5:30 Thursday evening.  Police said a Pontiac Grand Am rear-ended the left wheel of the carriage trying to change lanes to pass it.  The hit flipped the carriage. 

The first officer was on the scene in one minute and 15 seconds.  Newport officer Keith Pfefferman and a good samaritan managed to pull Hemmingway to safety.

"When I approached she started to get a little panicky, as you might imagine.  I was kind of concerned through her body motions, she might fall off of the bridge and into the river," said Pfefferman.

He explained the rescue, "There was a witness there that stuck around and he offered his assistance.  And what we did is I grabbed underneath of her arms, both of her arms, and he was able to grab her feet.  So at the same time we lifted her up, pulled her over, put her on the roadway."

Hemmingway told officers she expects to have surgery Friday.  The carriage company, Elegant Carriages, did not want to talk about the accident but told Local 12 the horse, Easy, was doing fine.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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