The scenes at the college final were extraordinary, as the unmanned electric golf cart appeared to take on a life of its own, driving from one end of the pitch at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to the halfway line, knocking over staff on the way.

It happened in the celebrations after Dekaney beat Cibolo Steele 34-14.

Two people tried to jump into the buggy to bring it to a halt, but it kept trundling on, taking out Spring Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola and the sports journalist who was interviewing him at the time, plus several bystanders.

Emergency services said that one man was taken to hospital with a leg injury.

Several others were hit by the cart but released by medical staff after being checked out at the stadium.

TV cameras showed a stunned Amendola falling backwards into the passenger seat of the golf cart as he tried to gain control of the vehicle. A field worker managed to jump on board and turn the engine off.

One sports commentator said: “We have a disturbance down the field. Apparently one of the carts on the field got loose and I think there have been some folks injured in this.

“That’s like a runaway cart there. And it finally took someone to stop it. That’s a scary thing.”

It was unclear how the vehicle got loose. Stadium workers had been picking up fluorescent orange sideline yard markers and pylons after the game when the cart unexpectedly took off.

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