Two kids injured in soapbox derby |

Two kids injured in soapbox derby

Two children suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon in an accident in soapbox derby-style cars during a fundraiser on lower Main Street, the Park City Police Department said.

Bob Lucking, a police sergeant, said the two kids are a brother and a sister. They were riding in separate cars when the cars became locked together and veered off the course, Lucking said. Mo Hickey, one of the organizers of the fundraiser, said the boy, who is a 9-year-old McPolin Elementary School third-grader, hit padding installed for the event.

His leg struck the dashboard area of the car and the impact cut his shin, Hickey said, describing that he required seven stitches. Hickey said the girl, whose age was not immediately available, bit her lip.

The accident happened just before 3 p.m. Lower Main Street was closed to vehicle traffic, and a large crowd was watching children ride in the soapbox derby-style cars. An emergency medical crew responded. Hickey said the accident was the only one to that point, and about 200 kids had driven the course.

A group known as Men of McPolin organized the event. Hickey, who is a member of the group, said the event raised money for art, music and science at McPolin. –Jay Hamburger