Monday, October 02, 2006
POTTSBORO (AP) - A small Red River town is in mourning after the death of a five-year-old girl who stumbled and fell beneath the wheels of a parade float.
Police in the Lake Texoma-area town of Pottsboro say they're withholding the girl's name at her parents' request.
She died at a Dallas hospital Saturday after the accident at the tail end of Pottsboro's annual Frontier Days festival parade that morning. Witnesses say the girl was walking beside a float from which candy was being thrown when she slipped and fell beneath the wheels of the trailer bearing the float.
Several men were able to lift the trailer off the girl, and she was airlifted about 70 miles south to Children's Medical Center of Dallas, where she died.
The girl attended Wakefield Elementary School in nearby Sherman. School district officials there say counselors will be available there for students who need them.
Pottsboro is a town of about 2,000 residents about ten miles northwest of Sherman.