ARLINGTON, Texas — A runaway golf cart raced unmanned from an end zone to midfield at Cowboys Stadium and ploughed into several people, including a head coach, causing havoc as they celebrated after a Texas high school championship game on Saturday night.
An emergency medical technician who declined identification by name told The Associated Press that one man who was conscious and talking was taken to a hospital with an apparent leg injury. The Arlington medical technician said he had no further information on the man's condition but said others hit or grazed by the cart were checked out by emergency workers at the stadium.
Separately, a Texas sports league official said a male staffer also was injured, not seriously when the unmanned cart raced across field after the Texas 5A Division II football championship game. That official also declined identification.
The electric-powered cart toppled Spring Dekaney coach Willie Amendola, who was being interviewed near the Cowboys midfield start, along with several others clustered around him after Dekaney beat Cibolo Steele 34-14 in the Class 5A title match. Hundreds of people were scattered about the field at the time.
Videotaped footage showed a stunned Amendola falling backwards into the cart's passenger seat as it continued racing across the field.
He apparently tried unsuccesfully to gain control of the cart, trying to grab the steering wheel, before rolling out onto the turf. As he bailed out, a pursuing field worker finally hopped in and gained control, stopping the cart swiftly.
"We have a disturbance downthe field," apparently one of the carts on the field got loose and I think there have been some folks injured in this. Oh my! That's like a runaway cart there. And it finally took someone to stop it," a shaken announcer is heard saying. "That's a scary thing with a cart racing through and knocking some people down."
Others are seen laying on the ground afterward as emergency personnel rushed to their aid. One man lay motionless, comforted by an emergency technician while a police officer helped another stunned man to his feet.
It was unclear why or how the cart began moving under its own power. Stadium workers were picking up fluorescent orange sideline yard markers and pylons in one of the end zones after the match when the cart unexpectedly took off.
During its seconds-long race across the field, the cart appeared to roll over the legs of some of those onfield. Afterward, televised broadcasts showed Amendola conducting another interview with a small streak of blood on his left forearm.