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Monday, December 9, 2013

Harness driver from Jersey City critically injured in racetrack accident


Harness race drivers are subject to workers' compensation coverage in NJ. Today's post is shared from philly.com
Members of the harness racing industry across the country are rallying to support a harness driver from Jersey City, who was critically injured at a Philadelphia racetrack  on Nov. 17.
Anthony Coletta, 31, was critically injured after he was trampled by a horse during a  four-horse accident at Harrah’s Philadelphia racetrack in Chester, Penn., according to Harnesslink.com.
Philly.com reported the accident occurred during the night's 11th race just short of two minutes into it. The accident was recorded on video, and, according to Philly.com,  it shows one horse appearing to stumble to the ground as a second horse rams it from behind, causing Coletta to flip several feet into the air and onto the track, as a horse comes up behind him. Other horses collided.
Coletta was taken to a local medical facility and then flow by Medivac helicopter to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania where he underwent surgery for brain trauma and multiple fractures, reported Harnesslink.com. It was reported as of the next morning Coletta was breathing on his own, the website reported.
Horsemen throughout the country have been organizing fundraising events and others are donating portions of their winnings to help pay for Coletta’s hospital expenses, it was reported.
The efforts are all being coordinated by one of Coletta’s best...
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