A horse-drawn stagecoach flipped over at the Indiana State Fair with the fair queen riding on it, injuring her and four people who were inside.
The mishap occurred on Sunday as Erika Burghardt, crowned Miss Indiana State Fair 2012, and the carriage were entertaining thousands of spectators in Indianapolis.
The accident, which sent five of the six people involved to the hospital, comes one year after a stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed in severe weather, killing seven people and injuring 58 others.
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Crash: Witnesses say the coach was headed into a turn when it suddenly tiled over and rolled on its side. Fair queen Erika Burghardt was riding on top of it when it crashed
Hurt: All five people were treated for minor injuries after the crash and all but one was quickly released from the hospital
Miss Burghardt, a 20-year-old Indiana University student, had to be pulled from the wrecked stagecoach by rescuers.
She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and released.
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Officials do not expert the crash to prevent her from undertaking her numerous ceremonial duties and responsibilities as fair queen.
'Erika is doing well and back on the job today!' was the message on Miss Burghardt's official Facebook page today.
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Shake it off: Miss Burghardt, a 20-year-old Indiana University student, was sitting next to the driver and had to be pulled off the coach after it flipped
TRAGEDY OF STAGE COLLAPSE STILL FRESH AT STATE FAIR
The Indiana State Fair will come to a standstill Monday night to honor the victims of a deadly stage collapse one year ago.
The fair plans to shut down all activities from 8.46pm to 8.50pm to commemorate the seven people killed and dozens injured August 13, 2011, when high winds sent stage rigging crashing onto a crowd of fans awaiting a concert by country duo Sugarland.
'It's going to be a tough day,' said Laura Magdziarz, who was injured when the rigging toppled. Her then-3-year-old daughter, Maggie, was also hurt.
Matthew Hall, of Indianapolis, happened to be filming the stagecoach when it flipped.
'It looks like something might have let loose. It cocked those wheels off to the side like cut and tug into the ground. It just flipped that stagecoach right on its side. They were not traveling very fast,' he told WTHR.
The driver, who was not injured, was described as a seasoned hand with 20 years experience.
The coach had been wheeling around the stadium to warm up spectators before a draft horse exhibition.
It slowed down and was turning when the suddenly tilted and then flipped.
The driver was able to maintain control of the team of four horses.
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