5 children hurt in hayride accident

By The Associated Press

WALLS — Five children at Lake Cormorant Elementary School received minor cuts and bruises in a hayride accident during an end-of-the-year celebration at the school.

The Commercial Appeal reports the accident occurred in the school’s parking lot about 9:45 a.m. Thursday. The school is near Walls in western DeSoto County.

Authorities say there were 12 children and three teachers sitting inside the last of three carts being pulled by a tractor. As the hayride rounded a curve in the parking lot, the final cart lurched to one side, causing several occupants to grab the guardrail, which broke, and the children fell to the ground.

DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dick Hackett said no charges will be filed against the driver because it was a private lot accident involving a tractor.