Woman injured trying to jump onto parade float

EAST LIVERPOOL — A woman trying to jump onto a float during the city’s annual Christmas parade on Saturday was injured when she fell under the wheels of the trailer hauling the display.

City police reported Monday that Rose Mallett, 59, address not given, was walking throughout the parade alongside a float which was decorated with a Nativity scene.

When the float reached the end of the parade route on St. Clair Avenue near Central Fire Station, Mallett tried to hop onto the side of the trailer which was moving slowly.

In the process, Mallett struck the side of the trailer and fell to the ground and underneath the wheels, according to police, who said the driver of the vehicle hauling the display had no idea anyone had been trying to get on the trailer or had fallen underneath its wheels.

An officer reported that Chris West, a person participating on the float as Joseph, ripped off his costume and jumped down, lifting up the trailer to take the weight from Mallett’s legs as he yelled for the driver to pull forward, which he did.

Officers arrived to find Mallett lying on the ground in the northbound lane of St. Clair Avenue, being assisted by city firefighters and concerned citizens.

She was transported to the hospital by ASI ambulance, and city officials reported Mallett suffered broken bones in both legs.