Chard Carnival: woman seriously injured after getting trapped under float

A woman has been seriously injured after being trapped under a cart at a carnival in Somerset.

It happened towards the end of the Chard Carnival, just before 10pm on Saturday.

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Woman trapped under cart at Chard Carnival remains in serious condition

Credit: Shelly Ford

A woman who was trapped under a cart at Chard Carnival remains in a critical condition this evening.

The woman, in her forties, has yet to be formally identified.

The accident happened at the end of the procession on Saturday night.

Police have confirmed the woman injured is one of the ground crew.

They said this morning the woman is now in a "serious but stable condition".

She was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol after the incident.

A crowdfunding page had been set-up to help her family through this time.

Chard Carnival committee says that while this is a rare occurrence, it is important to consider potential safety improvements for the future.

The lady is stable. The family are with her and we've been keeping in close contact and offering as much support as we can at this moment.

I think we've just got to take advice from everyone involved now and see what we can do. If we can make it any safer that's what we need to do and we just need to work with everyone to try and implement anything that is recommended.

– Jason Baker, Chairman, Chard Carnival Committee

Fundraising effort for 'incredible grandmother' injured during carnival accident

A fundraising page has been set up to help the family of a woman who was seriously injured when she was trapped under a carnival cart in Chard.

The woman, who's been described as an "incredible grandmother", was a member of the event's road team.

She was trapped under the Adventures of Mowgli cart which was being run by the Somerset-based Eclipse Carnival Club.

Club bosses thanked the emergency services for helping their member.

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Chard Carnival: woman seriously injured after getting trapped under carnival float

A woman has been seriously injured after being trapped under a cart at a carnival in Somerset.

It happened towards the end of the Chard Carnival, just before 10pm on Saturday.

Police confirmed that the woman injured was a member of the road crew, and say her injuries are believed to be life threatening.

The woman was airlifted to Southmead Hospital. Credit: ITV News

South Western Ambulance Service said she was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious leg injuries.

An investigation has been launched and the Health and Safety Executive notified.

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.

– Chief Inspector John Holt, Avon and Somerset Police

Anyone who has information about what happened is asked to call Avon and Somerset Police on 101, quoting reference 5217235336.

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