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Chaos at the Christmas parade

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

By John Harvey

H-P reporter

The annual Mechanicsville Christmas Parade Sunday, Dec. 3, was more subdued following two separate injuries during the festivities.

Fire and rescue officials reported that two separate incidents happened approximately 20 minutes apart during the midway point of the annual holiday celebration sponsored by the Hanover County Ruritan Club.

According to Battalion Chief Gregory Martin of Hanover Fire and EMS, the first incident involved a woman in the parade walking in front of the Black Creek Baptist Church float near Mechanicville Presbyterian on Atlee Road.

“Their pants leg was pulled by the fender of a parade float, causing them to fall,” Martin said. “The adult sustained a leg injury and was transported to a local hospital.”

Reports from eye witnesses near the scene Sunday noted the trailer had run over the woman during the incident.

Sgt. James R. Cooper, public information officer with Hanover County Sheriff’s department reported Sunday that they responded to a call referenced to a female being struck by a float.

“Once on the scene, we found an adult female, lying on the ground who’s left leg was run over by the float,” Cooper said. “According to witnesses at the scene, she was walking beside the float and tripped. When she fell to the ground, her leg was run over.”

The parade was stopped for approximately 30 minutes as county deputies and fire and rescue personnel raced to the scene. The woman was treated at the scene and placed in the ambulance. As she was being placed in the rescue squad, she gave the crowd a wave and was greeted with a large ovation.

On Monday, Martin disputed the cause of the accident following further investigation.

“The initial report of the parade float running over the adult was incorrect,” he said.

Black Creek Baptist Church’s Facebook page acknowledged the incident and gave members an update on the situation Sunday night on their Facebook page.

“Black Creek participated in the Mechanicsville Christmas Parade and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the streets lined with the wonderful spectators,” the post read. “As most of you know, a very unfortunate accident occurred while we were along the parade route on Atlee Road. One of our dedicated members went to refill her basket with more treats to pass out to the spectators and her leg got caught on the back of the trailer fender. She fell and thanks to the wonderful Lord we serve and to the other members of our church, what could have been even more of a horrific accident came out to just be some bruises and a few scratches. We thank everyone that assisted us in that scary situation and to those that have called, texted and reached out to check in on one of our church family members. We are so happy to tell everyone that she is on her way home, and although a bit sore, she is just fine. God is good.”

Later in the parade, a child suffered an injury in the 7300 block of Strain Avenue.  Initial reports said the child had fallen off a float in the parade.

Martin corrected them Monday.

“The second incident involved a child who was running, fell and sustained a minor injury,” Martin said. “The child was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation.”