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ND hayride turns deadly after pickup rear-ends wagon, kills Clydesdales, injures passengers

WOLFORD -- A Saturday afternoon crash in Pierce County involving a horse-drawn wagon ended a Rugby man's life, killed two horses and injured multiple passengers after they were thrown from the wagon.

WOLFORD -- A Saturday afternoon crash in Pierce County involving a horse-drawn wagon ended a Rugby man's life, killed two horses and injured multiple passengers after they were thrown from the wagon.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded at 4:30 p.m. to the crash on North Dakota Highway 17 about 1 ½ miles west of Wolford, where troopers determined a 2006 Chevy pickup rear-ended an eastbound homemade wagon, according to a news release. The driver of the pickup, a 75-year-old man from Wolford, was not injured, but all of the wagon's passengers, which had no safety restraints, were ejected.

It is not known if the pickup driver was wearing a seat belt. The pickup had no passengers.

A 53-year-old Rugby man who was riding on the wagon died at the scene, according to the release.

A 4-year-old female wagon passenger from Wolford was airlifted from the scene to Trinity Hospital in Minot. The wagon's driver, a 61-year-old Wolford man, was taken to the Rolla Hospital before also being airlifted to Trinity Hospital. A female passenger from Rugby, 53, was taken to the Towner County Hospital in Cando before being airlifted to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks

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An 18-year-old female passenger from Wolford was taken to the Rugby Hospital. Two other passengers from Wolford, a 25-year-old female and 29-year-old male, were not injured in the crash.

The extent of the injuries were not listed in the release, and the Highway Patrol did not identify anyone involved in the crash.

The two Clydesdale horse that were pulling the wagon, which was totaled in the crash, died at the scene. The pickup sustained front-end damage.

The driver of the wagon is not facing charges, but an investigation of the crash may result in charges for the pickup driver. It is unknown if alcohol was involved in the crash. Further details on what caused the pickup to rear-end the wagon were not immediately available Saturday night.

The crash is under investigation.

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