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Woman In Critical Condition after Falling off Horse at Sweet Acres Ranch

Photo by Drew Silverman.

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating an incident in which a woman suffered serious head injuries after falling off of a horse in West Hills today.

Christine Haggard was riding her horse at a slow rate of speed out of the Sweet Acres Ranch barn, located at 100 Sweet Hollow Road, to the stables when something spooked the horse, causing him to abruptly take off, at 3:30 p.m. Haggard, 42, of 16 Lakeside Drive, Centerport, fell off the horse and struck her head on the ground. She was not wearing a helmet.

The Huntington Manor Fire Department, Huntington Community First Aid Squad and Suffolk Police teamed up to assist. The woman was taken by Huntington Community Ambulance to the Walt Whitman High School where she was transferred to a Suffolk Police Medivac helicopter and transported to the Stony Brook University Medical Center in critical condition, with a fractured skull, fractured orbital bone, and a broken ankle.  The Huntington Manor Fire Department and police safely secured the helicopter landing zone on the field of the school.  Three trucks responded under the command of Second Assistant Chief Frank McQuade.

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