NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A woman has been charged for a June 12 crash that nearly threw a horse-drawn carriage operator into the Ohio River.
Police say Hanna Amare, of Westwood, was on her cell phone while driving on the Taylor Southgate Bridge when she struck a horse-drawn carriage from behind. The carriage rolled onto its side and the operator, Tine Hemingway, was launched to a ledge of the bridge.
"This was a very tense situation for a while, especially with the person literally over the edge of the bridge," Newport Chief of Police Tom Collins said on the day of the accident.
Hemingway reportedly underwent surgery for multiple bone fractures she sustained in the crash. The horse pulling the carriage was not harmed.
Amare, 22, was traveling 40 miles-per-hour and never hit her breaks before running into the carriage, according to officials. She is charged with wanton endangerment, a second degree misdemeanor.
Chief Tom Collins said Amare was using her phone to contact the Ohio Department of Transportation when the accident occurred.