Runaway golf cart injures 5 during second round of US Open

Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

There are plenty of hazards on the golf course. A golf cart is not supposed to be one of them.

Five people were injured and two were hospitalized by a runaway golf cart Friday during the second round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Golfweek reported.

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According to a California Highway Patrol report, a vendor was loading a cart near the 16th hole fairway Friday morning when a box fell onto the vehicle's accelerator, the Salinas Californian reported.

Witnesses said the cart traveled in large circles until it was brought under control. The cart hit several spectators in line at a concession stand at the 16th hole, The Washington Post reported.

Four spectators were injured before the vendor, who was also hurt, managed to stop the cart, ESPN reported. The spectators ranged in age from 25 to 82, the Californian reported.

"We were standing in the concession line on the 16th hole when all of a sudden there was a runaway cart and one guy running after it, then a bunch of people running after it," Georgie Salant told "It was actually coming straight for the concession line and then it turned, just on its own, and it didn't stop. It started driving in circles. It ran over like five people."

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