02-14-2012, 06:32 PM #1
One dead, one injured at horse farm
BLITCHTON — One woman and one horse were killed and one woman was seriously injured in an explosion Friday morning in a hyperbaric chamber at an equine medical facility.
Sheriff's Office officials said the deceased woman was Erica Marshall, 28, and the injured woman was Sorcha Moneley, 33, who was flown by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
She told sheriff's officials who visited her at Shands that the horse was kicking and knocked down protective coating inside the chamber. She said they attempted to shut down the equipment, but the horse kicked again and its metal horseshoes ignited a spark.
Officials with Marion County Fire Rescue said the chamber was approximately 10 feet to 12 feet wide and that the explosion sent debris over an area covering at least 1,200 square feet. They said they got the call at 9:21 a.m.
Marion County Sheriff's Detective Rhonda Stroup said a veterinarian had prescribed hyperbaric treatment for the horse. The animal had been in the chamber at least four other times without incident. She said the male horse was from Stonehall Farm in Virginia.
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02-14-2012, 06:37 PM #2
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