Dec 6 2012 By Sandy Kilpatrick, Galloway News
A brave bride has spoken of the horror moment her dream trip to the altar turned to terror.
Donna Pennycook was on her way to her wedding in Mabie House Hotel in a horse-drawn carriage, with her father Lawrence sitting alongside, when it was involved in a collision with a car.
The carriage was knocked on its side and dragged along the road by the spooked horses with Donna and her dad desperately hanging on inside.
Ambulances rushed Donna and Lawrence to hospital along with coach driver Simon Millar, 45, from Annan, and his 18-year-old daughter, Hannah.
Mr Millar was seriously injured and remains in the high dependency unit at Dumfries Infirmary.
Donna was released after treatment but the others were detained meaning father of the bride, Lawrence, couldn’t walk his daughter down the aisle to join waiting groom Adam Stokes, 32.
After a five-hour delay, Donna made the short journey with her bridesmaids.
Donna, 28, from Dumfries, said: “It happened quite quickly. I didn’t know what on earth was going on or what had gone wrong.
“The inside of the carriage was small, we were clinging on waiting for it to stop.
“Everything was moving and my dad was being thrown about a lot. I just wanted it to stop; I just wanted to get out.”
Donna’s dad was scheduled for discharge from Dumfries Infirmary on Tuesday.
She added: “He was in shock about what happened. No one was expecting that. It was just myself and my bridesmaids walking down the aisle.”
On Sunday, the newlyweds sent messages of support to Simon and his family.
Carriage driver Simon’s condition was described as stable yesterday. Hannah was released on Monday.
Groom Adam, also from Dumfries, said: “We hope he gets well soon.”
Police are investigating the incident involving a Honda CR-V which occurred on the A710 Dumfries to New Abbey road near to the entrance to Mabie House Hotel, at New Abbey, around 2.10pm on Saturday.
A local vet attended and treated the horses for minor injuries.
The News contacted Simon’s family but they did not wish to comment.
The road was closed while police investigations were carried out and officers are appealing for witnesses.
In particular, they want to speak to anyone who saw either of the vehicles involved travelling between Dumfries and the Mabie Forest turn-off prior to the crash.
Anyone who can help should contact 08456005701 or leave a message with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.