From BSA National Standards / SAFETY.....
"Parade Floats and Hayrides
The BSA rule prohibiting the transportation of passengers in the backs of trucks or on trailers may be tempered for parade floats or hayrides, provided that the following points are strictly followed to prevent injuries:
1. Transportation to and from the parade or hayride site is not allowed on the truck or trailer.
2. Those persons riding, whether seated or standing, must be able to hold on to something stationary.
3. Legs should not hang over the side.
4. Flashing lights must illuminate a vehicle used for a hayride after dark, or the vehicle must be followed by a vehicle with flashing lights."
Looks like the local Scout folks have some explaining to do if requirements #2 and/or #3 were not complied with...
Yes, and from what I see in the picture, the float was pretty crappy. I looks like the kids made it. I guess since the float was so low to the ground they thought that nobody would get hurt. It's such a tragedy.
Indeed. Just like those other Boy Scout deaths.
If it turns out that the local Scout unit did not comply with the BSA's standards, then the BSA will not support the unit or it's sponsor should they be sued, nor will the BSA's liability insurance be available.