March 8, 2012
An Owensboro, Kentucky, girl was severely injured during a celebration after her high school basketball team won a game in dramatic fashion. According to reports from Channel 14 News, the accident happened Monday night in the Apollo High School gymnasium.
The Apollo and Muhlenberg County teams were tied with under a second left to play when the home team scored and clinched the victory. Fans immediately began to rush onto the court in celebration. The victim lost her footing, fell into the crowd, and was trampled by other fans. The girl’s father was watching from the stands and saw her lying on the floor and rushed to her side. He was able to use his training as an emergency responder to help her after she told him she couldn’t feel her legs.
She was rushed to the local hospital where she remained for several days. By Tuesday morning, she had regained some feeling in her legs and was able to walk, but was later taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky after doctors determined she might have a spinal injury.
Those who witnessed the incident said that the fans rushing the floor could have been prevented if more security staff had been present.