Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Natchez carriage driver Mike Folds picks up the pieces after a car hit his carriage Wednesday morning.

Carriage driver suffers minor injuries in morning accident

Published 12:23am Thursday, November 29, 2012

NATCHEZ — The driver of a downtown horse carriage was left with a few bumps and bruises Wednesday morning after a car driver rear-ended his carriage.

Mike Folds, the owner of the carriage, said his brother Cecil Folds was knocked out of the carriage when a driver struck the back of the carriage at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Canal Street near Fat Mama’s Tamales.

Even with a missing wheel and no driver, Mack, the horse pulling the carriage, continued to the carriages’ usual parking spot at the corner of Canal and State streets, dragging the carriage, Folds said.

“That horse has been doing this so long, if he could talk, no (driver) would even have to go with him,” Folds said.

The other wheel of the carriage, Folds said, got stuck on a telephone pole as Mack was dragging it, and Adams County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Wayne Rabb said Mack then tore loose from the carriage.

Rabb, who was driving on Canal Street and saw the aftermath of the accident, said the horse went behind Pig Out Inn and was caught by a tourist visiting from Virginia.

“He said the horse just came right up to him,” Rabb said.

Mack was uninjured in the accident.

The carriage is out of commission until it can be repaired, Folds said. He said the car driver’s insurance company representative came by Wednesday to take a look at the damage to the carriage.

“It’s going to take a lot of money,” he said.

  • Anonymous

    Mack needs to be compensated for his trauma of being a carrigeless horse! ;) Seriously though I am glad no one was hurt.

  • Anonymous

    The carriages do not follow traffic laws. I’m glad the horse and driver were no injured but something needs to be done to ensure that the traffic laws are followed. I’m surprised that this doesn’t happen more often.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s an idea worth considering: Why not post official street caution signs (much like those posted for children at play or deer crossing, etc.) to warn visitors that there is a horse and carriage out and about and to be watchful. On Canal, there is a lot of visitor traffic that wouldn’t know to look for it otherwise. Not to mention the inattentive drivers who actually live here. Wait…don’t get me going on those behind the wheel who aren’t even licensed to be there! However, I thank God that everyone is okay, and hope the carriage is fixed quickly with minimal hassle. I think our horse and carriages add character to Natchez, and as special vehicles, they should be allowed special driving laws. They are always courteously waving me by when I encounter them. I guess it’s the less patient folks that take issue with them. Poor Mack! What a trooper!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care who you are or where you are, rear ending anything is uncalled for. That is like driving head on into a brick wall. If you don’t have enough sense to see that something is in your path of travel and stop, you shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a vehicle.
    There doesn’t need to be signs or laws on the books period. The law already on the books about rear ending someone should suffice.
    If you start putting up more signs, that will cause more accidents from people trying to read all of them and not paying attention to what is in front of them as may have been the case here.
    “Signs, Signs everywhere a sign, do this don’t do that can’t you read the sign. :)

  • Anonymous

    I know, like getting in the middle of the road and blocking traffic for one.

  • Joni Ratliff Stanton

    carriages are a lost art, at least not in Natchez. To see it out of commission is not right. That’s one of the reasons I like Natchez. You can’t find that in other cities. If you can’t see that carriage on the road, you are blind. On that note, maybe a flashing light on the rear of the carriage might not be a bad idea. Thankfully it wasn’t any worse than what it could have been. Like all drivers should be doing is paying attention to the surroundings.

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  • Anonymous

    Put my hair up under my hat and ignore all the signs…..

  • Anonymous

    Some or all of the carriages have blinking red lights on them.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Good Point! Just trying to think of something, but I guess there is no answer to what don’t make sense. As I inferred…lots of folks around here driving that have no business being behind the wheel…some have licenses! I really don’t see how you miss something that big! So glad it wasn’t worse!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if they put the cart before the horse the driver behind would recognize himself and stop.

  • Anonymous

    If you cant see a Horse and a Carriage in the middle of the road what good would sign do? And what would it say? “Dont Run Into the Horse and Carriage”?

    We got the officer/witnesses name, the carriagemans name, the carriage owners name, the state of origin of the tourist, and even the name of the horse! How about the name of the person who tried to drive their vehicle through the Horse, Carriage and Carriageman?