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Salem City Official Recovering After Being Thrown By Horse

Last updated on Friday, May 3, 2013

(SALEM) - A longtime Salem city official is recovering from serious injuries he sustained in an accident involving a horse.

Stephanie Taylor Ferriell of the Leader-Democrat reports that Terry McNeely, who is a member of the Salem Plan Commission, is also a city reserve police officer. He was acting in that capacity, preparing to patrol Henderson Park along with Mike Purlee and Joe Baker last Thursday.

According to Salem Mayor David Bower, one of the horses had just been shod and was a bit anxious. McNeely offered to take that horse, hoping to calm him.
However, as McNeely, who is 69, tried to mount the horse, it "bucked hard and threw him," said Bower. McNeely suffered a broken pelvis, six broken ribs, a broken tail bone and a broken vertebrae in his back.

He was treated at the scene by the Washington County Ambulance Service then transferred via air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. He underwent surgery Friday and Bower said he is recovering well. McNeely is expected to move to Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital early this week.

"It's just an unfortunate accident, but if I know Terry, he'll be back in the saddle again," said Bower.

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