Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 17, 2013

Eustace teen recovering from parade accident

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A 13-year-old girl, run over by a float in the Eustace Christmas Parade on Saturday, was recovering from her injuries on Monday.

Eustace Police Chief Kenneth Holder said the injured girl, whose name was not released, had returned from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas on Monday and was expected to recover from multiple injuries.

She reportedly sustained a broken pelvis, fractured ribs and contusions to her lungs.

  “She’s home and will be fine,” Holder said.

  The accident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. as one of the pick up trucks, towing a trailer with a float on it, turned right from Farm-to-Market Road 316 onto Front Street in the town square area. The girl was in the roadway and got caught in between the back of the truck and the trailer.

She fell to the ground and was rolled over by the rear tires of the trailer from her lower body to her head.

  “It was kind of in the truck’s blind spot,” Holder said. “I had an officer standing right there who was a witness to it and tried to get the driver to stop,” Holder said. “There was so much noise, the driver didn’t hear, and didn’t stop until it was too late.”

Holder said the injured girl got help quickly. The float had a nurse aboard and EMS personnel were nearby. Holder was soon at the location and helped as the EMS personnel and our Eustace Fire Department First Responders checked her for obvious broken bones and injuries.

“We had medical care there almost immediately and had her in the air quickly,” Holder said.

The helicopter landed at Eustace Fire Department and transported the girl to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

“She was alert and awake,” Holder said.

The stunning accident held up traffic in the parade for a while, but with the entries lined up, there was no choice but once the girl had been attended to there was little choice but to allow the parade vehicles to complete their route around the square.

“I don’t think it was anybody’s fault it was just a bad accident,” Holder.