Parade accidents being investigatedBy ANDREA JOHNSON, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
One moment a 5-year-old boy was waving to the crowd lining the road from a float during the North Dakota State Fair parade Saturday. Then he tripped and fell while apparently trying to jump off the float and one of his legs was run over by the wheel of the trailer. The crowd gasped in horror as the boy wailed in pain and then said he couldn't move his leg. However, the child was alert and conscious when paramedics splinted his leg and loaded him onto a stretcher to take him to the hospital.
The accident, which occurred at about 11 a.m., was the second of the day. A short time earlier, on the Burdick Expressway viaduct, a 7-year-old girl was injured when she attempted to step off a float and fell to the pavement. Both tires of the dual-axle trailer carrying the float ran over the girl, police said. That accident also happened about 11 a.m. The girl was taken to Trinity Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.
The child injured on the fairgrounds was riding on the trailer with several other youngsters. Minot police said there have been similar accidents in past years, though they couldn't remember an exact number.
Both accidents are under investigation, the one on the viaduct by the Minot Police Department and the one on the fairgrounds by the Ward County Sheriff's Department. Neither child was identified by law enforcement Saturday.