Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rescue squad dispatched to locate girl trampled by horse

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A teenage girl was seriously injured Tuesday night after she was thrown from and trampled by the horse she was riding, Prince George's County Fire⁄EMS officials said.

The girl was riding with her mother in a wooded area approximately one mile from Bowie State University at around 7 p.m. when she was thrown and either stepped on or kicked in the head by the horse.

‘‘The injuries were serious to her face,” said Mark Brady, spokesman for the Fire⁄EMS department.

Brady would not release the girl's name, age or residence citing patient privacy.

After her mother reported the injury by cell phone it took 26 individuals, including 15 Fire⁄EMS employees, about an hour to locate the girl because of the area was heavily wooded and muddy from the recent rain.

The Prince George's County Police Department helicopter search team was brought in to look for the girl and located her in a muddy and heavily-wooded area. Firefighters using all-terrain vehicles were able to reach the girl and remove her from the area.

She was subsequently transported by a Maryland State Police Helicopter to a trauma center specializing in the treatment of children with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

As of Wednesday, Brady said there were no updates available on her condition or if she remained hospitalized.