What was supposed to be a night of Halloween fun, turned into a nightmare for a group of high school students when a seemingly harmless hayride turned deadly. On a crisp autumn night, a group of Messalonskee High School students traveled to the, Harvest Hills Farm in Mechanic Falls, Maine, to go on a haunted hayride on Sunday. Suddenly, the night took a tragic turn as the flatbed trailer hauling the students tumbled down a steep hill into a forest, flipped over, and hit a tree. Consequently, upon impact, the riders were all thrown into one another, as well as into nearby trees. Tragically, seventeen-year-old, Cassidy Charette was killed due to nature of her injuries. Likewise, over 20 other people were injured as well with broken legs, and head trauma including the driver who remains in the hospital. One of the more seriously injured students includes, 16-year-old, Connor Garland who is in critical condition at a local hospital.
Following the aftermath of such a horrific tragedy, many are asking why and how this seemingly preventable accident could’ve occurred. For example, the experienced driver who hauls the hayride is a commercially licensed professional, and the ride has been a popular attraction operating for over five years without incident. Those who witnessed the crash reported that the SUV hauling the ride was going very fast down a steep incline when the trailer flipped over, and crashed into the dark, Maine forest. Police authorities also speculate a mechanical failure may be to blame for the fatal incident as well. Either way, the families of those involved are demanding answers, and a full investigation is taking place to determine the exact cause of the crash; alcohol does not seem to have played a factor in the accident.
After the deadly wreck, the entire park was evacuated. Furthermore, it’s no doubt the close- knit community is rattled by such a traumatic incident to happen at the popular farm. Scott Lansley, farm spokesperson said, “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. We’re a tight community. This is a real tragedy for us.” Currently, the Harvest Hills Farm is unsure if it will re-open this year in light of the sad turn of events.
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