Jockey Kicked in Face by Horse, Then Luck Gets Even Worse

Ambulance runs over Chris Meehan's leg, breaks it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2016 1:48 PM CDT
Jockey Kicked in Face by Horse, Then Luck Gets Even Worse
Stock image of a jockey falling from a horse.   (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

You might think that, once you've gotten kicked in the face by a horse, nothing worse is likely to happen to you on that particular day. Not so for Northern Irish jockey Chris Meehan, who got a gash on the jaw and a broken nose after falling from his horse during a hurdle race at Italy's Merano track Sunday ... and then suffered another injury when the ambulance came to, ostensibly, help him. "The racecourse ambulance came up alongside us and reversed up onto my leg," the 22-year-old told the Racing Post. "They stopped it on top of my leg so I started screaming. It broke it straight away."

"Everyone around me had to push it off me. You have to laugh really," said Meehan, adding that his father actually trains ambulance drivers and many of his other relatives are involved with ambulance services as well. "It's bizarre, you couldn't make it up." He'll need surgery for the broken leg, a dislocated ankle, and his facial injuries, the Telegraph reports. The jaw gash required 27 stitches. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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