Indiana Teen Run Over By July Fourth Parade Float


LEBANON, Ind. (UPI) — A Lebanon, Ind., teen was hospitalized with severe internal injuries after falling off, and then being run over by, a Fourth of July parade float, police said.

Cameron Wilson, 14, fell from the Lebanon Youth Football League float, a flatbed wagon towed by a pickup truck, as it entered a school parking lot at the end of the parade, the Lebanon Reporter said Friday.

At least one tire of the wagon ran over Wilson’s chest and abdomen, Lebanon Police Lt. Brent Wheat said, adding Wilson was listed in good condition at Riley Hospital for Children.

Amy Coffman, 39, and Caiden Coffman, 11 — who were also riding on the float — were hospitalized for injuries and released, the newspaper said.

The truck pulling the float was driven by a 15-year-old with a learner’s permit, whose parent was with him in the truck, Wheat said.

“It (the accident) was not on the parade route, it was after,” said parade chairwoman Jennifer Hoffman.

The report did not indicate how Wilson came to fall from the truck, or how Amy Coffman and Caiden Coffman were injured.

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