Spring Silliness Turns Into Accident At Wisp
Sooner or later, it seemed bound to happen. Some 5-7 people, including at least two children, were injured when a “Dragon Wagon,” reportedly carrying 14 people went off course during a Cardboard Box Derby and struck snowmaking equipment.
News reports throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region said the accident occurred during the annual Cardboard Box Derby. It is an event run as a fundraiser by the local Lion’s Club for the Blind Skiers Program during Wisp’s annual “Beachin’ Weekend.”
Cardboard Box Derbies have become a rite of spring, along with pond skimming, at ski areas after hilarious segments of Warren Miller movies popularized them over the years.
The "Dragon Wagon" was apparently carrying 14 people as it was heading down a tubing lane. The “vessel” lost control halfway down and collided with metal snowmaking pipes protected by 55-gallon plastic barriers.
The impact ejected some of the people out of the vessel. Two persons were taken by HealthNet helicopters to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va. Three others were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Reports varied between five and seven people injured. The extent of those injuries is unknown.
Southern Rescue Squad, Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Maryland State Police and the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.
What It Means: No intent to lecture here, but some of games of spring do carry risks. So, be careful while having fun.
Photo: From previous year's Cardboard Box Derby at Wisp Mt., Md.