State Fair queen injured in stagecoach accident

The stagecoach was entertaining the crowd before the eight-horse hitch competition in the Pepsi Coliseum when it overturned during a figure-eight maneuver.

All five passengers, including Burghardt, were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital with minor injuries. Burghardt and two others were released Sunday night, and another passenger was expected to leave the hospital later in the evening. One passenger was held overnight for observation.

The stagecoach driver, who has not been identified, was examined at the scene of the accident but suffered no injuries. The reason for the overturn is unknown, but officials said the driver has 20 years of stagecoach driving experience.

The crowd at the hitch competition was asked to leave after the accident and return at 6:30 p.m. for the start of the event.

­— Katie Mettler

Like what you're reading? Support independent, award-winning college journalism on this site. Donate here.


Comments powered by Disqus