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1 Dead, 22 Injured in Mechanic Falls Hayride Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A teenager is dead and several others remain hospitalized following a hayride accident at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine on Saturday.

About the Harvest Hill Farms Hayride Accident

According to the Bangor Daily News, 17-year-old Cassidy Charette sustained fatal injuries after a Jeep pulling a hay wagon lost control, went down a hill, struck a tree, and overturned around 8:30 pm Saturday. Charette was transported by Life Flight to Central Maine Medical Center for treatment, but died from head injuries shortly after arrival.

Reports indicate that 22 other people were injured in the accident. 15 people were taken to Central Maine Medical Center, seven were transported to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, and one person was treated at Maine medical Center in Portland.

Two people listed in critical condition following the incident, one of whom was identified as 16-year-old Connor Garland. Garland has since been transported to Boston Children’s Hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

Officials Investigate Hayride Accident

The Associated Press reports that investigators are inspecting the Jeep as they attempt to determine what prevented the vehicle from stopping on the hill. Police are also working to calculate the passengers’ combined weight to determine if the wagon was overloaded.

The driver of the Jeep, David Brown, 54, is said to be an experienced truck driver who has a commercial driver’s license.

Authorities are also looking at mechanical problems as a contributing factor in the accident.


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