Float runs over teen during Lebanon Fourth of July parade

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LEBANON – A teenager remains in the hospital after three people were hurt during Thursday’s Fourth of July parade in Lebanon.

The 14-year-old boy, identified as Cameron Wilson, fell off a farm wagon being used as a parade float for Lebanon Youth Football. According to police, a pickup truck was pulling the wagon, which carried several adults and other juveniles.

Once the parade was over, the vehicle turned into the parking lot at Lebanon Middle School and Cameron Wilson fell off. A tire ran over his chest and abdomen. The teen was taken by ambulance to Witham Hospital. He was then transferred to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis with severe internal injuries.

The teen suffered a number of serious injuries including multiple broken bones and internal bleeding.

“I didnt think that my son was going to live. That was tough. The last thing he said to me before he was taken away is, ‘Sorry I fell off the trailer and got run over by two tires,'” said Israel Wilson, Cameron’s father.

At last check, Cameron Wilson was in good condition.

“They have taken the breathing tube out the catheter off and the feeding tube off,” said Israel Wilson.

Two other people fell off the float, including a 39-year-old Lebanon woman and an 11-year-old child. Both were treated and released.

Police said the driver of a pickup truck was a 15-year-old with a learner’s permit who was accompanied by his parent.

“The first words he said when he pulled the tube out, he spoke the drivers name and said, ‘It wasn’t his fault.’ Those were his first words,” said Israel Wilson.

Israel Wilson said he does not blame the teen driving the pick-up truck.