FINDLAY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Eight people were injured in a hayride accident during a 60th anniversary party in Findlay Township over the weekend.
Hay bales still lined the barn Monday where the party is believed to have been held. While foul play is not suspected, Findlay Township Police said Allegheny County Police were called in to help with the accident investigation.
Rain was still falling Monday morning and saturating the ground. It’s what police believe led to a hay ride accident Saturday night off of Winter Trail Drive.
“It appeared that the tractor had slid and jackknifed and subsequently rolled,” Findlay Township Police Captain Mark Joyce said.
Captain Joyce said a family celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary offered hay rides to guests. The wet ground from all the rain possibly caused the driver to lose control.
“All of the people in the back of the hayride were thrown from the vehicle, thrown from the back of the trailer. Some pinned, some not,” Captain Joyce said.
Of the roughly 20 people on board, eight were injured, including a child. But getting to the accident scene quickly was an issue initially.
“The problem was that it was back in a field. With the conditions as bad as it was, it made it even more challenging to get the patients out,” Captain Joyce said.
Nearby Janowski’s Farm was set up as a command post. They were in the middle of a family picnic and police said they even offered help.
“It was a well-coordinated effort between the police department, the fire department and the six different ambulances that came to the scene,” Captain Joyce said.
While their property was used for the staging area for police and emergency responders, Janowski’s Farm wanted folks to know that they were not involved in the hay rides or the accident that followed.