Mr. Arthur Warren, the well-known and popular son of Mr. E. Warren, butcher and dairyman, of Rushden, sustained serious injuries in a gallant attempt to stop a runaway horse at Rushden on Wednesday morning.
Mr. Warren, who assists his father in business, was in a yard at the rear of the premises when a horse attached to a milk float, which had been standing quietly for some time, suddenly bolted through the open gateway into Newton-road.
Mr. Warren sprang at the animal, put his right arm over its neck and tried to bring it to a halt. Dragging him along, the horse turned towards the High-street, veered towards the right-hand pavement and pulled the float into the front of a stationary motor milk van owned by Mr. Summerfield, of Melchbourne. The near wheel of the float rose over the near front wing of the van, but Mr. Warren was pinned against the bonnet, his head striking a headlamp with such force as to shatter the glass.
The impact overturned the float, and cans and bottles were scattered, but the horse, narrowly missing a shop, still dragged its burden down the hill. A stumble righted the float, and despite efforts to stop it the horse careered across the High-street, down Church-street, and into the cul-de-sac of John-street.
Meanwhile Mr. Warren was carried to his house and attended by Dr. Muriset. He was conscious but badly injured about the head and jaw, and soon afterwards Mr. Warren was taken to Northampton Hospital in the motor ambulance.
An examination at the hospital revealed the fact that Mr. Warren was suffering from a fractured jaw, but had not a fractured skull as was suspected at first. He is progressing favourably.
The float was only slightly damaged and the horse escaped injury.