Saturday hayrack rollover kills one, sends 17 to area hospitals


NAUVOO – A 32-year-old female from Hamilton was killed as a result of Saturday hayrack ride accident near Nauvoo.

According to an Illinois State Police preliminary investigation a 1994 green John Deere tractor/trailer combination was traveling northbound on 800 East towing a double-axle trailer with more than 20 people riding on square hay bales.

The vehicle, driven by Wayne York, 41, of Nauvoo, lost control and ran off the east side of 800 East near 2000 North and overturned and the driver was ejected. Multiple passengers were ejected from the trailer.

In addition the fatality, 17 other were taken to area hospitals with injuries including: Michael E. Davidson 43, Hamilton, Ill., Ashley Davidson 36-Hamilton, and Jessica N. Little 41 of Hamilton.

The other 14 injuries were to juveniles from Hamilton who are all transported with injuries, including a 1-year-old, a 3-year-old, two 4-year-olds, a 5-year-old, an 8-year-old, a 9-year-old, a 10-year-old and six 12-year-olds all from Hamilton.

Two other juveniles one from Warsaw and the other from Basco were not injured in the accident.

York was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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