11 Hospitalized After a Car Crashes Into a Hayride in Illinois
A rite of October turned treacherous on Saturday when a car plowed into the back of a hayride carrying 12 adults about 50 miles west of Chicago, sending 11 people to local hospitals, three of them with serious injuries, the authorities said.
The collision happened at 5:37 p.m. local time on River Road near Plano, Ill., according to Chief Gregory Witek of the Little Rock-Fox Fire Protection District.
“The strike from the vehicle was hard enough that people were ejected from the wagon itself,” Chief Witek said in a phone interview Saturday night.
Video taken at the scene of the collision showed the car, a black sedan, flipped upside down on its roof next to the tractor that had been pulling the hayride.
The driver was treated for minor injuries and declined further medical attention, the authorities said.
The condition of the remaining hayride passengers was not immediately available.
Chief Witek said it was fortunate that there were no children on the hayride, which he characterized as an informal outing among a group of friends and not part of any commercial operation.
He said the tractor pulling the hayride was traveling at a slow rate of speed when the driver rear-ended the wagon.
It was not immediately clear what led up to the collision or if the driver was charged.
A dispatcher for the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday night that she was not authorized to comment.
Earlier on Saturday, the sheriff’s office retweeted a public safety reminder from the McHenry County Sheriff in Illinois cautioning drivers to share the road with farmers this harvest season.
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