Hay ride crash sends 25 people to the hospital

Oct 18, 2010 Read more: WALB-TV Albany 53

Troopers tell us at least 35 people were on that hay ride Friday night when someone rear ended the trailer on Willacoochee Highway near Bethel Road, just outside Douglas.

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Right

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Oct 18, 2010
Bet they want be back in the road and at that at night,that was dum ,why not on a farm.
GetReal

Gainesville, GA

#2 Oct 18, 2010
Right wrote:
Bet they want be back in the road and at that at night,that was dum ,why not on a farm.
Bet you can't offer anything positive and uplifting because you are just a dumbass. Hayrides from that church and another nearby church have been going on for many years. Seeing as how this was the first accident in all the many years that they have taken place, I think that pretty much sums up how carefully planned they have always been. It's a fact of life that accidents happen. This one was a freak one which nobody could have foreseen. It could happen to anyone, both the driver of the vehicle and the in regards to the safety of the trailer and the event planners. Going by your illogical thought process, most people should never get in a bathtub or shower when it's wet because we all know that the wetness causes the tub or shower to be more slippery.
Right

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Oct 18, 2010
just like the kid that got his head ran over ON A Hayride on back few years ago, so you are the dumbass. And if you know the road it is a very bad road for accidents.All I said is why not on a Farm, would be muck safer.
lmao

Byron, GA

#4 Oct 18, 2010
I agree it is no place for a hayride on any given night but especially not a friday night. Even if it was just for a minute to get to another road that is just how quick something can happen!
GetReal

Gainesville, GA

#5 Oct 19, 2010
The cause of the accident has nothing to do specifically with the event of the hayride, the particular road, nor the fact that it was a Fri night. The cause could have happened to any vehicle(car, truck, trailer, motorcycle) on any night and to any vehicle which would be on any road for any reason. It could have happened to any of us and it would STILL be nobody's fault. Neither the drivers, the planners nor the parents are at fault in this accident.

You all have the right to express your opinion, but I'm here to tell you that the people who were there and the families of the injured know you are missing some key info. None of these family memebers are laying blame to anyone, even those who have a long haul for healing, why would you people try to stir up crap? They have all leaned into graciousness toward each other, which is a good example for you blame rattlers to follow.
Positive

Flowery Branch, GA

#6 Oct 19, 2010
I read that they only needed to travel a very short distance on the main road before turning off. Noone ever wanted it to happen this way. So I don't think it's a good idea to judge.

“nunya business”

Since: Mar 10

Location hidden

#7 Oct 19, 2010
Are you saying that another hayride will happen next year on the same road?

I'm not trying to be judgemental, unless no lessons were learned from this tragic event.

Personally, I would never allow my child on a hayride on a state highway from now on.
GetReal

Gainesville, GA

#8 Oct 19, 2010
Nosechopper wrote:
Are you saying that another hayride will happen next year on the same road?
I'm not trying to be judgemental, unless no lessons were learned from this tragic event.
Personally, I would never allow my child on a hayride on a state highway from now on.
Once again, for those who are slow to comprehend: The reason this accident happened could have taken place anywhere to any of us at anytime. The cause of this accident has happened to many people, despite the basic safety check. Some were lucky enough that other factors did not come into play which caused an accident. Quite often, people don't know there is a problem until LE pulls them over. Just that simple. Nobody made any bad decisions. Nobody was slack. Nobody was irresponsible in regards to the safety of those on the hayride nor towards others on the VERY small part of the hwy.
GABGAL

Fitzgerald, GA

#9 Oct 19, 2010
I THINK IT RUNS IN THAT FAMILY. ANYWAY, MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO EVERYBODY WHO WAS AFFECTED BY THIS ACCIDENT. I THINK WE ALL NEED TO PULL TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY AND BE THANKFUL THAT THE OUTCOME ISN'T WORSE THEN IT IS. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. I THINK THAT HAYRIDE HAD AN EXTRA PASSENGER THAT NIGHT THAT MADE SURE ALL THOSE KIDS ARE STILL BREATHING TODAY. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE TWO WOMEN WHO WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!

“nunya business”

Since: Mar 10

Location hidden

#10 Oct 21, 2010
GetReal wrote:
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Once again, for those who are slow to comprehend: The reason this accident happened could have taken place anywhere to any of us at anytime. The cause of this accident has happened to many people, despite the basic safety check. Some were lucky enough that other factors did not come into play which caused an accident. Quite often, people don't know there is a problem until LE pulls them over. Just that simple. Nobody made any bad decisions. Nobody was slack. Nobody was irresponsible in regards to the safety of those on the hayride nor towards others on the VERY small part of the hwy.
Anyone who doesn't learn SOMETHING from this tragic event is the one who is "slow to comprehend"
Patriot

Alma, GA

#11 Oct 21, 2010
Pulling so many childern on a hayride at night was not a responsible thing to do without better safety measures.
Why not have an escort vehicle with flashing lights?
SusieQ

Elkhart, IA

#12 Oct 21, 2010
churches have always had hayrides, my own church has had them. What has changed is the attitude of people,everyone is driving to fast,texting or talking and other things. This was not intentional, the lights were redone before they left the church. Who would be crazy enough to send their child/loved one off in the dark without lights? My family member certainly would never have put the children or spouse or church members in any danger.
pisces312

Gainesville, GA

#13 Oct 25, 2010
Patriot wrote:
Pulling so many childern on a hayride at night was not a responsible thing to do without better safety measures.
Why not have an escort vehicle with flashing lights?
The husband/daddy that was driving the jeep pulling the hayride trailor would never put his family in danger by any means. The wife of the drivers parents were prepared to pull out right behind them with all sorts of fog lights, overhead lights, etc. but did not get to. There was nothing coming within sight of the pull out, then the driver doing no less than 70 mph came out of nowhere and it the trailor in the rear. The hayride was going 1/10 of a mile on the hwy before turning off, the escort was prepared to come out behind them with another hayride wagon full of teens behind them coming out. It was notbody's fault other than a driver going way to fast in a busy community with 4 or 5 turnoffs in that exact area. She was 67 and from another county, so she did not know the road at all, prob. Don't blame the driver, this has been done safely for 12 + years, and prob will continue but maybe at an earlier time than 9 pm.
pisces312

Gainesville, GA

#14 Oct 25, 2010
SusieQ wrote:
churches have always had hayrides, my own church has had them. What has changed is the attitude of people,everyone is driving to fast,texting or talking and other things. This was not intentional, the lights were redone before they left the church. Who would be crazy enough to send their child/loved one off in the dark without lights? My family member certainly would never have put the children or spouse or church members in any danger.
Neither would we! Our church has done this for many years, the driver was just going too fast and did not know the road.
so sorry

Fitzgerald, GA

#15 Nov 15, 2010
We can all learn a good lesson from this the hwy is no place for kids.... People drive to fast talk to much on their phone ,the driving and drive is one good reson not to have hayrides on hwy's . we live in a diffrent world now we got to stop doing this things people. People justdont pay attention NO MORE!
concerned mom

Flowery Branch, GA

#16 Nov 16, 2010
GetReal wrote:
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Bet you can't offer anything positive and uplifting because you are just a dumbass. Hayrides from that church and another nearby church have been going on for many years. Seeing as how this was the first accident in all the many years that they have taken place, I think that pretty much sums up how carefully planned they have always been. It's a fact of life that accidents happen. This one was a freak one which nobody could have foreseen. It could happen to anyone, both the driver of the vehicle and the in regards to the safety of the trailer and the event planners. Going by your illogical thought process, most people should never get in a bathtub or shower when it's wet because we all know that the wetness causes the tub or shower to be more slippery.
DUMB Comment! They knew this was a very Dangerous road! They should have NEVER been near it with so many children or adults on the wagon! calling people names like you did is rediculous! Yes they have been doing it for years! But they were NOT dumb enough to turn around in the highway!
concerned mom

Flowery Branch, GA

#17 Nov 16, 2010
pisces312 wrote:
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The husband/daddy that was driving the jeep pulling the hayride trailor would never put his family in danger by any means. The wife of the drivers parents were prepared to pull out right behind them with all sorts of fog lights, overhead lights, etc. but did not get to. There was nothing coming within sight of the pull out, then the driver doing no less than 70 mph came out of nowhere and it the trailor in the rear. The hayride was going 1/10 of a mile on the hwy before turning off, the escort was prepared to come out behind them with another hayride wagon full of teens behind them coming out. It was notbody's fault other than a driver going way to fast in a busy community with 4 or 5 turnoffs in that exact area. She was 67 and from another county, so she did not know the road at all, prob. Don't blame the driver, this has been done safely for 12 + years, and prob will continue but maybe at an earlier time than 9 pm.
ARE You serious? This was bound to happen! that is a very dangerous highway! It would NOT have happened if someone would have had common sence! A hayride is NEVER suppose to be on a HIGHWAY! Not even a short distance and it isnt the 67 year old ladys fault as you put it.... The blame lies with the ones that decided it was a good idea to go down a dangerous dark highway! Please people... am I crazy?
get me outta Douglas

Flowery Branch, GA

#18 Nov 16, 2010
GetReal wrote:
The cause of the accident has nothing to do specifically with the event of the hayride, the particular road, nor the fact that it was a Fri night. The cause could have happened to any vehicle(car, truck, trailer, motorcycle) on any night and to any vehicle which would be on any road for any reason. It could have happened to any of us and it would STILL be nobody's fault. Neither the drivers, the planners nor the parents are at fault in this accident.
You all have the right to express your opinion, but I'm here to tell you that the people who were there and the families of the injured know you are missing some key info. None of these family memebers are laying blame to anyone, even those who have a long haul for healing, why would you people try to stir up crap? They have all leaned into graciousness toward each other, which is a good example for you blame rattlers to follow.
You are So VERY wrong! How can you say it could happen to anyone? Most people would have had enough common sense, and would have NOT went anywhere near willacoochee Highway with a bunch of children on the back of a wagon! You are Wrong! Does anyone else agree with me? I know im NOT loosing my mind am I? I pray for all involved. But someone should be held responsible... That is just plain CRAZY!
SusieQ

Moultrie, GA

#19 Nov 16, 2010
you know the law has always been,if you hit someone from behind you are in the wrong. If you last 2 posters could just reread what you wrote, maybe you could understand how misinformed you are. No sane person/church would ever put their love one at risk on PURPOSE. Do you not understand, there were still vehicles in the church parking lot waiting to pull out. Anyone with any driving skills would have at least slowed down because of the nite it was and the other vehicles.Take it or leave it the women was driving to fast and turned her head to LOOK at the vehicles in the church driveway. Maybe some of you have lived in larger towns and have more experience with traffic that is going to fast always. Douglas has always had hayrides and children riding on the back of something.Forgive us if we are not use to people driving [flying] down the highway without concern for anyone other than themselves. I know I got my license in the dark ages but I thought the law was to look out for the other traffic and obey the law. I don't know that you 2 are vrazy but IMO you may have over reached this subject a little to much. After this no church will ever have a hayride again and there is something else children will never get to enjoy.
get real

Flowery Branch, GA

#20 Nov 22, 2010
SusieQ wrote:
you know the law has always been,if you hit someone from behind you are in the wrong. If you last 2 posters could just reread what you wrote, maybe you could understand how misinformed you are. No sane person/church would ever put their love one at risk on PURPOSE. Do you not understand, there were still vehicles in the church parking lot waiting to pull out. Anyone with any driving skills would have at least slowed down because of the nite it was and the other vehicles.Take it or leave it the women was driving to fast and turned her head to LOOK at the vehicles in the church driveway. Maybe some of you have lived in larger towns and have more experience with traffic that is going to fast always. Douglas has always had hayrides and children riding on the back of something.Forgive us if we are not use to people driving [flying] down the highway without concern for anyone other than themselves. I know I got my license in the dark ages but I thought the law was to look out for the other traffic and obey the law. I don't know that you 2 are vrazy but IMO you may have over reached this subject a little to much. After this no church will ever have a hayride again and there is something else children will never get to enjoy.
I agree with the other person. Hayrides should NOT Be on a Highway! The lady was NOT driving to fast! She didnt expect some dumb a@@ person to be pulling a wagon full of ppl on a dangerous highway! There is NO way to Justify it no matter who you blame. They didnt have enough room to have it on church property so they went onto a dangerous highway! They were WRONG! Please Just try and use Commom sence Southern Ga. Im sorry it happened at All but it could have been avoided!

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