Sunday 25 February 2018

Jockey hit by horse - then by ambulance

Jockey Chris Meehan Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Jockey Chris Meehan Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cate McCurry

An Irish jockey who suffered a bizarre run of bad luck when he was kicked in the face by a horse and then run over by the ambulance sent to help him, can still see the funny side.

"You have to laugh, really," said Co Down jockey Chris Meehan as he described the strange series of events.

The 22-year-old was riding at the Merano track in Italy on Sunday when he fell and his mount kicked him in the face, knocking him out, breaking his nose and leaving him with a gash to his jaw that required 27 stitches.

However, to add to his woes, the ambulance sent to help the young jockey then ran over his leg.

"The starter came over to help me because I was on my back and choking on my blood," he explained.

"He put me in the recovery position, with my right leg out straight.

"As if [my injuries] weren't bad enough, the racecourse ambulance came up alongside us and reversed up onto my leg.

"They stopped it on top of my leg, so I started screaming, but it broke it straight away.

"Everyone around me had to push it off me. You have to laugh, really," he added.

And in another twist, Meehan told how his father teaches paramedics to drive ambulances.

"What makes it worse is my father, brother and aunt are all ambulance people," he explained.

"My father actually teaches most people in Northern Ireland and England how to drive the ambulance.

"It's just bizarre - you couldn't make it up."

Meehan, from Crossgar, planned to return to jump racing following a stint on the flat, but he now faces at least two months on the sidelines before he can do anything.

The jockey returns to the North today for surgery on his leg and face.

In 2014 Meehan registered his first flat winner at Lingfield in Surrey.

He had recorded five winners over jumps - four for Ulster trainer Neill Mulholland - before switching his attention to the flat.

Irish Independent

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