CARNIVAL: Woman suffers ‘life threatening injuries’ after getting trapped under float
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an incident at a Carnival last night (Saturday, October 14, 2017) in South Somerset in which a woman member of the road crew became trapped under one of the floats.
The incident happened shortly before 10pm when the Chard Carnival breakdown was happening at the end of the evening’s procession by the Tesco supermarket in Tapstone Road.
The injured woman – believed to be in her 40s – suffered serious leg injuries and was airlifted to hospital with what is believed to be life threatening injuries. She remains in a critical condition.
Collision investigators have launched an investigation into the incident and the Heath and Safety Executive and local authority have been advised.
Chief Inspector John Holt said: “We believe this to have been an unusual and exceptional incident which happened at the end of the Carnival parade.
“We will be looking into the circumstances but do not anticipate it will have any impact on other Carnivals planned over the next few weeks.
“The woman who was injured was not a member of the public but a member of the road crew which provides support to the carts taking part in the procession.
“We continue to work closely with the organisers throughout the Carnival season,” added C/Insp Holt.
Anyone who has information to help police enquiries into the incident on Saturday (October 14, 2017) night is asked to call police quoting reference 5217235336.