HANCOCK COUNTY, Ill. — A Hamilton, Illinois, woman was killed and nearly two dozen other people were injured when a hayrack ride overturned Saturday night, ejecting several passengers.
According to an Illinois State Police news release, Wayne York, 41, of Nauvoo was towing a tractor-trailer with over 20 passengers riding on square hay bales, KHQA reported.
Illinois State Police Capt. Jon Dively Jr. told WGEM that between 20 and 25 people were participating in a family event that included the hayride.
Dively said York lost control of the vehicle on an incline, causing the tractor and wagon to slide down into a wooded ravine. York has been cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, WGEM reported.
The 32-year-old Hamilton woman killed in the crash has not been identified.
According to the crash report, three adults and 16 children, ranging in age from 1 to 12, were on the trailer when it crashed, and all but two were transported to area hospitals for medical attention, WGEM reported.
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