A young girl and her mother had a terrifying moment during the Laurel Sertoma Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 7, when, according to Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox, the young girl got unbalanced when attempting to throw candy from a float and fell off the float. Her mother apparently jumped down after her and both ended up underneath the float. Many first responders were participating in the parade and were able to respond quickly to pull the mother and child from under the float. Both were transported to South Central Regional Medical Center with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Cox said to his knowledge this is the first time an injury has occurred during the annual parade in 37 years. The incident occurred on a downhill incline at the curve on Sawmill Road.
The streets of downtown Laurel were lined with hundreds of people for the 37th Annual Sertoma Christmas Parade and most were unaware of the incident. With giggles and smiles the kids scrambled for the candy that was thrown from the floats. There were 101 entries in the parade.