Five children receive minor injuries in hayride accident



Five children receive minor injuries in hayride accident

An unidentified parent volunteer (right) talks with DeSoto County deputy Kenny Free following an accident at  Lake Cormorant Elementary School.  The volunteer was driving a tractor pulling three field carts with students aboard on a hay ride around the campus when one cart over turned throwing several students to the ground.  Five students were reported transported to area hospitals, with non-serious injuries.

Photo by Stan Carroll

An unidentified parent volunteer (right) talks with DeSoto County deputy Kenny Free following an accident at Lake Cormorant Elementary School. The volunteer was driving a tractor pulling three field carts with students aboard on a hay ride around the campus when one cart over turned throwing several students to the ground. Five students were reported transported to area hospitals, with non-serious injuries.

Five children at Lake Cormorant Elementary School received minor cuts and bruises Thursday in a hayride accident during an end-of-the-year celebration at the school.

The accident occurred in the school's parking lot about 9:45 a.m. The school is near Walls in western DeSoto County.

Authorities said there were 12 children and three teachers sitting inside the last of three carts being pulled by a tractor. As the hayride rounded a curve in the parking lot, the final cart lurched to one side, causing several occupants to grab the guardrail, which broke, and the children fell to the ground.

Parents volunteering at the event and firemen with Walls Fire Department, which was at the field day celebration, responded quickly to help the students, said Katherine Nelson, DeSoto County Schools director of communications.

"This was supposed to be a fun year-end event with parents when this accident occurred," Nelson said. "We are thankful none of the children were seriously injured in this unfortunate accident."

Five children received non-life-threatening injuries. Two were taken by ambulance to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. Two others were taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. One child was taken by a private car to an area hospital.

The tractor was driven by one of the parents, who volunteered to bring his hayride to the school event.

The driver, who did not give his name, was shaken by the accident and refused to comment.

No charges will be filed against the driver because it was a "private lot accident involving a tractor," according to DeSoto County Sheriff's Department spokesman Dick Hackett.

After the accident, activities continued with students in neon-colored Field Day T-shirts playing on inflatable slides and bouncers set up on the school's lawn.

This week is the last full week of school for DeSoto County students, who end the school year Tuesday.

Some parents who volunteered at the event said they didn't see the hayride accident because they were busy helping other students with various activities.

-- Yolanda Jones: (901) 333-2014



Comments » 3

familyof6 writes:

as a concerned parent of a child that was involved in this accident i would like to comment.... My child was on the hayride at the time of the accident without my permission.... I have never allowed my child to participate in hayrides at school functions because of an incident that happened several years ago at walls elementary.... (another desoto county school).. a young girl will never be the same because she was on a hayride, that her GRANDFATER was driving, and fell off, at which point the tire of the trailor ran her over... hence the reason for my denied permission for my child to ride on one at school. That only being part of my concern of the circumstances... I only found out about the accident on the news several hours later... I was never called from anyone at the school to inform me that my child was involved, at this point I took it upon myself to contact the school where the only response i got was "sorry". I feel that under the circumstances regardless of the outcome of the accident, I should have been contacted. I could go on an on about my anger towards the school.. and I will be calling the superintendent..........

ronmelancon writes:

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ronmelancon writes:

in response to familyof6:

as a concerned parent of a child that was involved in this accident i would like to comment.... My child was on the hayride at the time of the accident without my permission.... I have never allowed my child to participate in hayrides at school functions because of an incident that happened several years ago at walls elementary.... (another desoto county school).. a young girl will never be the same because she was on a hayride, that her GRANDFATER was driving, and fell off, at which point the tire of the trailor ran her over... hence the reason for my denied permission for my child to ride on one at school. That only being part of my concern of the circumstances... I only found out about the accident on the news several hours later... I was never called from anyone at the school to inform me that my child was involved, at this point I took it upon myself to contact the school where the only response i got was "sorry". I feel that under the circumstances regardless of the outcome of the accident, I should have been contacted. I could go on an on about my anger towards the school.. and I will be calling the superintendent..........

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It is obvious the school system needs to be sued in order to ensure the children s safety.

Who approved...who got the insurance certificate and so on.

     

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