Golf cart accident sends five children to hospital

A perfect spring morning turned nearly tragic when five children under the age of 12 were taken to the hospital after being involved in an accident with a golf cart near Madison Middle School.

Police said that the incident happened about 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, when a golf cart being driven on a hill, rolled back and struck the children riding in the cart, who fell out.

According to Trumbull Police Lt. Leonard Scinto, the five children were between the ages of three and 12.

Trumbull Police and Trumbull EMS units responded, with assistance from Stratford EMS, and transported the children to local hospitals, with non-life threatening injuries.

Scinto said the incident occurred during an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) soccer tournament being held on the field adjacent to Madison Middle School on Madison Avenue.

“The investigation revealed that an AYSO official was operating an AYSO owned golf cart between soccer fields with five passengers,” Scinto explained. “The operator was attempting to maneuver up a hill when the front wheels came off the ground at the crest of the hill, causing the operator to lose control. The golf cart then rolled back down the hill with the passengers falling out.”

At the time of the incident, the weekly AYSO soccer tournament was underway, with several hundred participants playing on several adjoining fields.