Editor's note: This report was updated at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to include more details about the incident.

A Bolivar R-1 student was hurt when she was run over by a parade float during the Bolivar homecoming parade Friday afternoon, Oct. 4.

According to Lt. Roger Barron with the Bolivar Police Department, an 8-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by a float — a truck pulling a flatbed trailer — at around 3:08 p.m. near 1303 E. Division Street.

Barron said the child was walking with the float, ran toward it and tripped. Her arm was run over by the trailer, he said.

Her injuries were not life threatening, Barron said, and she was taken by ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

A Bolivar R-1 statement said the school district is in contact with the girl’s family.

Officers were able to respond quickly to the scene, Barron said, thanks in part to the department having extra staff on hand during parades to handle calls for service.

“We plan for these contingencies,” Barron said. “But, this is a worst case scenario situation for us.”

Barron said this is not the first time an injury has occurred during a Bolivar parade. Two years ago, he said, a Christmas parade participant was run over after falling off a float.

With the street lined with spectators, Barron said “thankfully a lot of adults were in the area to help” when the girl was hit.

Find more information in an upcoming edition of the BH-FP.  

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