3 horses die in chuckwagon crash

from CBC British Columbia

One man was hurt and three horses died after a crash at the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday night [July 14, 2007].

Tyler Helmig, 45, of Leduc, Alta., was thrown from his rig when it ran into the downed lead team of horses of another driver, Gary Gorst, whose rig had crashed in the first turn moments before, Stampede officials said.

Helmig suffered a hip injury and a possible broken arm, said Mike Plato, superintendent for Calgary’s Emergency Medical Services.

He was conscious when he left the track and was taken to Foothills Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition, Plato said.

Gorst was not hurt, but one of his horses was killed. Another horse was put down Saturday and a third one was euthanized Sunday.