Two Injured by Horse at MLK Parade in Dallas

NBC 5 crews snapped photos of the riderless horse galloping down parade route

A horse got loose and ran into the crowd at the Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Dallas on Monday.

Dallas police said the horse got away from its owner on a side street just before 11:30 a.m. and eventually ran the wrong way down the parade route.

Photos from an NBC 5 staff member show the riderless horse galloping the wrong way down Martin Luther King Jr.  Boulevard during the parade.

Dallas police said the horse was captured in the area of MLK Boulevard and Meyers Street. Six to eight officers coralled and tied it to a fence while the parade went by.

Despite the crowd running to get out of the horse's path, there were only two injuries, Dallas Fire-Rescue. One person was transported to the hospital by ambulance for an injury to the ankle or Achilles tendon.

Police said a vehicle was also damaged.

NBC 5 news crews riding in the parade said they saw the horse and rider, in the median before it got loose. They said the horse appeared to be "spooked" and the man on the horse was trying to keep the animal settled.

Police said they don't know what spooked the horse.

Deputy Chief Julian Bernal said police are in talks with organizers to find a way to prevent future incidents. Bernal said there appeared to be more horses at the parade than in years past.

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NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this.

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