Man Breaks Both Legs Trying to Jump on Hurricanes Bandwagon

A local man was rushed to the hospital Monday after suffering two broken legs after a fall.

Chet Damson, of Raleigh, told Spectrum News that he was trying to jump onto a Carolina Hurricanes bandwagon that was headed down Capital Boulevard earlier that morning.

According to the driver, Reggie Wilson, he was stopped at a red light when he saw Damson climbing into the back of his wagon.

“I was waiting for the light to change,” Wilson said, “when I look in my side mirror and see this dude climbing into my wagon bed. Next thing I know, the light turns green.”

As the wagon started moving, Damson lost his balance and fell onto the road. He was rushed to WakeMed on New Bern Avenue.

“It seemed like a good idea at the time,” Damson told reporters as the doctors were giving him pain killers. “The Hurricanes hadn’t made the playoffs since 2009, and I thought it would be fun to hop along for the ride.”

Wilson said that he felt bad for Damson, but also said he recognized him.

“I normally let other Canes fans hop on my bandwagon,” Wilson said, “but I saw that guy just a couple weeks ago in Waffle House, and he was wearing a Washington Capitals shirt.”

Wilson said that Damson was bragging about how the Capitals were going to sweep the Hurricanes out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“He was obnoxious, calling us ‘Candy Canes’,” Wilson said. “He wasn’t getting a free ride from me.”

Game 3 of the second round of the playoffs between the New York Islanders and the Hurricanes is scheduled for Wednesday at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Carolina currently leads the series two games to none.

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