Woman struck by float at Bristol parade, released from hospital

BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) – A Maine woman was released from the hospital Tuesday night after she was struck by a parade float that same morning, according to the President at USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Frank Lennon.

Bristol police Captain Brian Burke said that the woman, 69, was hit by the float as the parade turned onto Hope Street from Chestnut Street. She was part of the group accompanying the float, which featured a replica of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier at the annual Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, according to Burke.

The woman “was struck by the front of the float and dragged a very short distance,” Burke said. “The driver of the vehicle immediately stopped. Several bystanders and rescue workers then ran immediately to the area.”

Bristol Fire Rescue treated the woman for visible cuts on the scene, and transported her to Rhode Island Hospital.