- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Several people who were helping distribute flags for Memorial Day are recovering from scrapes and bruises after the trailer they were riding on careened across a Davenport cemetery.

Ten adults and children were on the flatbed trailer when it broke free from the truck pulling it and rolled several hundred feet downhill before hitting a tree, the Quad-City Times reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/RpMzJ8 ).

Davenport police Sgt. Eric Court said some people jumped from the trailer and some rode it down, but fortunately no one was seriously hurt.

“All is well, thank goodness,” Court said.

The trailer did knock over several graveside vases and knocked down some flowers that decorated graves.

“I was screaming all the way down, watching trees flash past me,” Gayle Green told the newspaper. “It was like a spring sled ride. Since we’re all OK, I can say that.”

The group that was distributing the flags was part of Military Explorers Post 9044. Sam Vroman, 15, also rode the trailer down the hill.

“We all slid forward a couple of feet when we hit the tree at the bottom,” Vroman said. “We could have hit cars if we’d kept going.”

Hank Runge, the cemetery’s general manager, said that it was an unfortunate accident and that he hopes the group of Explorers will still be willing to help with flags on future Memorial Days.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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