Multiple people injured after tree falls on wagon at Zootastic Park in Iredell County

Multiple people injured after tree falls on wagon at Zootastic Park in Iredell County
(Bria Bell/WBTV)
(Bria Bell/WBTV)

TROUTMAN, NC (WBTV) - Multiple people were seriously injured after a 100-foot tree fell on a wagon at Zootastic Park in Iredell County Saturday afternoon.

According to the owner of the park, there were at least 50 people on the wagon when the incident happened in the 400 block of Pilch Road in Troutman.

Emergency officials say six people suffered injuries in the accident. The owner said that a child and a woman were seriously injured.

The woman suffered a head injury and was flown by helicopter and the child was taken by ambulance.

Multiple emergency units responded to the location and Iredell County 911 said they had multiple crews at the scene.

"There's two miles of road here and 10,000 trees so it's a very freak accident," Scottie Brown, the owner of the Zootastic said,

The Iredell County attraction is filled with exotic animals for people to see. Visitors load up in wagons to take on the safarai like adventure.

"We stop in three or four different areas to let people feed the animals," Brown explained. 

Saturday's tour was not like the others. Owen Parker was enjoying the excursion with his wife when the 112-foot tree fell on top of the canopy attached to their wagon.

"It all happened so quickly, my first thing was to fall down between the benches," Parker said,

Witnesses said as the tree was falling, riders inside began jumping out for dear life with dozens calling 911.

"We ended up having like six ambulances show up," Brown confirmed.

"There was some blood on the floor. I hope the lady is doing okay,"Parker added.

Brown said this is the first time a tree has fallen on the wagon trail in his eight to nine years.

He thanks God the 112-foot tree fell between the wagons and injuries were not worse.

More than 50 were on the wagon at the time when a woman was heard screaming for people to jump as the driver was in motion.

Brown said he heard a loud boom and immediately called 911.

"What are the odds of that?" Brown asked.

Brown tells WBTV he believes God has his hand on the situation because the tree happened to fall in the middle of two connected wagons, which possibly spared lives.

"It's weird the way it happened. If you believe in God, this is the time to believe in God because  it happened for a reason. We don't know the reason, but it could have been really bad," Brown said.

Some of Brown's friends brought out their chainsaws shortly after to help remove the fallen tree which is now gone and the park will still open as normal Sunday.

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