Questions Must Be Asked:
1. What Parade Safety standards did this school system have?
2. The School Systems always preach safety, safety and safety but in this case they had no safety!
3. Who is going to pay the medical bills?
4. Who's insurance is going to pay?
5. The School is in a tremendous liability exposure.
6. Long term recovery?
7. Lost wages?
8. Why did the school system ignore the NTSB and our recomendations?
Man falls from Kountze parade float, critically injured
By Morgan Gstalter
Updated 2:20 pm, Friday, October 12, 2017
A Kountze dad is expected to spend the next week in a Houston hospital recovering from broken bones and internal injuries after he fell from a homecoming parade float Thursday night, school officials said.
The man, who officials declined to name, fell from the bed of a pickup truck pulling a low-boy trailer that was carrying the Kountze Youth Football and Cheerleading League.
The driver of the truck didn't see the man fall and continued traveling on the parade route. The man was run over by the low-boy trailer.
"This is the first type of injury I've ever heard of during the parade in the 35 years I've been here," said Kountze ISD Superintendent John Ferguson.
The accident happened at the conclusion of the parade, as floats were being unloaded, Ferguson said.
Chris Jones, president of the league, said the injured man is a former coach and is the father of a cheerleader and the football team's manager.
Jones said the man, who had broken ribs and "serious" internal injuries, was airlifted to a Houston hospital. He said the man's wife told him they expected to remain in the hospital for up to a week, but that a full recovery was expected.
The children on the float, ranging in ages between 8 and 14, were really shaken up and upset after witnessing the accident, Jones said.
"I've talked with most of them, some of them after the kids called me crying," Jones said. "They were all a nervous wreck."
Some felt guilty for playing football after what happened, Jones said.
"We're going to get them all together soon and reassure them that it wasn't their fault," Jones said.
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