Non-threatening injuries after Centennial Elementary accident
By Traci Chapman
It was a scary ride for several Centennial Elementary students and their teachers when a horse-drawn carriage overturned during the school’s annual Land Run.
The call came in at 1:30 p.m., when police and emergency medical workers were called to the scene after a wagon overturned, injuring as many as 13 people, Mustang Police Detective Camie McNeil said late Tuesday. Nine third-grade students, two teachers, a high school helper and the driver had just loaded up for a ride on the horse-drawn wagon when a part of the wagon dropped to the ground, spooking the horses.
“The driver actually tried to get the horses to stop, but they were scared more, they took off, left the roadway, got to the grass and made a turn,” McNeil said. “At that point the wagon flipped, throwing all of them off.”
None of those involved were seriously injured, although the driver and one teacher were both transported by ambulance to the hospital, McNeil said. A student may have been taken to the hospital, either by ambulance or private car, but the detective said there was no official confirmation of that. Both Mustang Fire Department and EMSA responded to the school, McNeil said. Names of those injured were not released.
“The driver was transported to Presbyterian Hospital,” Shannon Rigsby, Mustang Public Schools public information officer, stated in an email. “A teacher was taken to Canadian Valley Integris.”
“Multiple kids were treated at the scene, and the police department’s basic role was helping triage children, helping to determine the severity of injuries,” she said.
The wagon ride had taken place throughout the day, and the Land Run is an annual event held by local elementary schools to help students learn about the state’s history.