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10-year-old seriously injured during Greensboro hayride

Posted October 19, 2008

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— A 10-year-old boy has a blood clot in his brain and two broken legs after a crash involving a hayride this weekend, authorities said.

The accident happened Saturday night just outside of Greensboro in Guilford County.

The boy was one of six children thrown for a trailer after a car hit it from behind. The 10-year-old, pinned between the car and the trailer, was the most seriously injured of the children.

The driver of the tractor carrying the trailer faces a charge for not having its lights on, police said. The driver of the car will not face any charges.

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  • mrtwinturbo Oct 20, 2008

    The only trailors that do not require running lights or a tag are those that are BBQ grills as far as I know

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 20, 2008

    I just hope people don't freak out and try to outlaw hay rides. We already have laws requiring lights after dark, that was the problem here. I guess it would be up to the officer to decide if it was dark enough for the lack of lights to make the trailer that hard to see.

    And twc, bikes are required to have a front light and rear reflector and/or light after sunset. I have front and rear lights.

  • mike honcho Oct 20, 2008

    A hay trailer with no lights, or reflective material is probably the reason the driver isn't cited. To rear end another vehicle with working tail lights, or at least reflective lenses, is another story.

  • Scubagirl Oct 20, 2008

    I was thinking the same thing as rollingalong. I do believe any rear end collision is the rear car's fault-in this case maybe not completely but certainly should be equal.

  • Rolling Along Oct 20, 2008

    I cannot see the vehicle driver being let off with out a ticket. Hitting anything from behind indicates not driving properly for conditions.

  • CricketGayle Oct 20, 2008

    Hayrides can be fun and safe. Our church would do one through the fields of a farm that was owned by a church member. We were in a closed trailer with high sides. I've seen someone recently on Hwy 50, just north of Falls Lake with kids sitting on a flatbed trailer on hay bales with no sides on the trailer. It was daylight, so lights weren't an issue at the time, but had one of those kids fallen off of the hay bales onto the road, it would have been absolutely devastating.

  • thefensk Oct 20, 2008

    I've always been amazed at the number of trailers in this state that not only don't have running lights, but have no brake lights either.

    Our churce in Chatham County used to do a hayride this time of year, sauntering down the local farm roads to a local church members' farm and then into his fields and then back on the roads to the church. No running lights. The member/tractor driver got stopped one time too -- got a verbal warning. People at the time thought it was silly, but as we can see here, it wasn't silly at all. Especially since most of the local farm roads are now busy roads shuttling homeowners to new developments.

    Prayers out to all the people involved.

  • twc Oct 20, 2008

    Kind of like coming up on a slow moving bicycle. Of course, bicyclists say one should expect them to be there; no to drive the speed limit just because you can.

  • smitty Oct 20, 2008

    Why were they in the road?

  • Scubagirl Oct 20, 2008

    sad story.

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