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Woman injured after car hits horse

Posted December 6, 2009
Updated December 7, 2009

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— A Clayton woman was injured when her car hit a horse in the eastbound lane at 1414 Government Road, south of Clayton, shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, state troopers said.

Carrie Webster, 52, was pinned in her 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix until rescuers could get her out, troopers said. She was transported to WakeMed, where she was listed Sunday in serious condition.

The horse died, troopers said. The 8-year-old, dark brown horse was being boarded nearby and somehow escaped from his pin.

Troopers said that it appeared Webster didn't see the horse until her car hit it, as there weren’t any indications that she braked before the impact. That stretch of road is heavily wooded.

Webster, who was approximately 2 miles from her home, was wearing her seat belt and was not speeding, troopers said.  No charges will be filed in the incident.

Government Road was shut down for about an hour following the accident.

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  • dwebster9 Dec 10, 2009

    I'd like to thank WRAL for providing the information shown in this article. Carrie is doing much better and is well along the road to recovery since this accident. I'm sure that there will be months of therapy before she is back to her old self, but she's a fighter. She will prevail. Thanks to all who offered prayers for her recovery. Those prayers are being answered, as evidenced by Carrie's rapid and continuing improvement. The trauma team at Wake-Med undoubtedly saved her life and continues to give the excellent care that she so desperately needed. Lest I forget, her recovery began when the firemen, first responders and other rescue workers dragged her out of an unbelievably horrible situation. Thank you. Thank all of you.

    Now for the down side. It's a shame that this story had already aired on TV and had appeared in print before I was contacted by the Highway Patrol. Oh...wait a minute. I NEVER WAS CONTACTED BY THE HIGHWAY PATROL OR THE ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT AT WAKE-MED. I found