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Runaway golf cart mows down celebrating coach after football championship win, Texas

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Published on Dec 18, 2011

An unmanned, electric golf cart ploughed into a crowd at a football game, injuring the head coach and several supporters.
The incident happened during celebrations at the end of the high school championship football game after Spring Dekaney beat Cibolo Steele at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola was in the middle of an interview when the cart knocked him and several bystanders to the ground.

Emergency services said that one man was taken to hospital with a leg injury.

Several others were hit by the cart but released by medical staff after being checked out at the stadium.

Spring Dekaney, from Harris County, Texas, beat Cibolo Steele 34-14 during the Class 5A Divison II state championships.
TV cameras showed a stunned Amendola falling backwards into the passenger seat of the golf cart as he tried to

One sports commentator said: 'We have a disturbance down the field. Apparently one of the carts on the field got loose and I think there have been some folks injured in this.

'That's like a runaway cart there. And it finally took someone to stop it. That's a scary thing.'
It was unclear how the vehicle got loose. Stadium workers had been picking up fluorescent orange sideline yard markers and pylons after the game when the cart unexpectedly took off.

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