Cart runs wild after Texas state title game

December 19, 2012

A runaway golf cart broke free and ran over a group of
people at the conclusion of the 5A Divison II State High School Championship
game Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium between Spring Dekaney and Cibolo

FOX Sports Southwest cameras caught the incident; a stadium attendant was
driving the cart and picking up orange field markings after the final game of
the evening.  The attendant got out of the cart to pick up a goal pylon
out of the east end zone, but instead of staying parked, the cart took off.

The attendant tried to chase down the cart, but it picked up speed and circled
out of the end zone toward the center of the field.

Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola, the father of St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, was conducting an interview just
above the Cowboys blue star at the 50-yard line. 

Eight men in a group including
the coach, photographers, reporters and a television cameraman were run over by
the cart.  Amendola was lodged into the passenger seat of the cart and
attempted to steer the cart to safety before falling out.

“I got hit, I rolled in the back, everybody was falling down, I steered
it away from that guy on the [left]. Then when I got in the middle of
nowhere, I rolled off of the thing,’’ Amendola told the San Antonio
Express-News. “Just like James Bond.’’

Another stadium employee was able to get into the driver's seat of the cart and
bring it to a stop.

Dallas Cowboys spokesman Brett Daniels told The Dallas Morning News that four people were treated at the stadium for minor injuries and one was taken to the hospital.


The Houston Chronicle reports that Jerry Woodley, a Houston sports journalist for community newspaper "A King-Size View," was treated for a bruised foot and sprained ankle at Arlington Memorial Hospital and released the next day.

FOX Sports Southwest play-by-play man Craig Way reported that Arlington Fire
and Rescue came out to the scene to attend to several individuals and that a couple
men were carted off the field.

"It was one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen," Way said.

Spring Dekaney won the game 34-14, upsetting the defending state champions for
its first state title.