May 24, 2009

Memorial Day parade leaves two injured

Police in Morris Plains, N.J., say two people were hospitalized after suffering injuries during the annual Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade.

Police said a helicopter flyover during Saturday's festivities caused a tree branch to break free and strike a 5-year-old girl, who was hospitalized with a cut to her head, The (Newark) New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

A 38-year-old woman also suffered scratches and a gash to her cheek as a result of another falling branch, but was not hospitalized.

Police said Bill Barbato, 62, was hospitalized after he became pinned under the horse-drawn carriage he was driving. The incident occurred when the carriage got stuck and fell over, spooking the two 1,800-pound Clydesdales pulling the transport.

Morris Plains police officer Tom Keane told the Star-Ledger that Barbato, who was also kicked repeatedly by the frightened horses during Saturday's incident, was hospitalized with injuries to his ear, head, knee and wrist.