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One dead, more than 20 injured in hayrack ride crash

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Il. (WGEM) -- One person died and more than 20 others were injured when a hayrack ride overturned in rural Hancock County, Illinois, Saturday night, police said.

Illinois State Police Captain Jon Dively, Jr. said troopers were called to County Road 2000 North and County Road 800 East at about 9 p.m.

Dively said between 20 to 25 people attended a family event and went on a hayrack ride. He said the driver lost control on an incline, causing the tractor and wagon to slide down into a wooded ravine.

The Hancock County Coroner identified the fatality as 32-year-old Amy Swinderman from Hamilton, Illinois.

The crash report states 3 adults and 16 children between the ages of 1 and 12 were on the trailer. All but two were taken to the hospital with injuries. Dively said one of the children suffered significant injuries.

The driver of the tractor, Wayne York, 41, of Nauvoo, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Dively said an Illinois State Police traffic reconstruction team was called to investigate. He said the early investigation found the tractor was undersized for the ride.

The Illinois State Police was assisted by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Nauvoo Fire Department.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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