Elderly man fractures skull in Halloween parade motorized cart mishap

Image courtesy Erik Weber.

Image courtesy Erik Weber.

An 80-year-old Pennsylvania man was hospitalized Wednesday night after a serious accident during a popular Jersey Shore Halloween parade.

Police say Harold Oswald of Willow Grove was performing maneuvers in a miniature gas powered cart along the parade route in Toms River when he lost control and tipped the vehicle.

Oswald, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the cart — which was not equipped with safety belts — striking his head on the pavement, according to authorities.

Police say the man was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he is listed in critical but stable condition with a skull fracture.

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Ocean County’s Toms River Halloween Parade, in its 80th year, is billed as one of the largest in the country.

Authorities are asking anyone with video of the incident to send to Ptl. Gambardella at pgambardella@trpolice.org.

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