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July 25, 2011
40 injured in Washington state hayride accident
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Authorities say four people were hospitalized and 40 others sustained minor injuries in a hayride accident on Shaw Island.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened Sunday morning when a flatbed trailer carrying about 50 people collided with the tractor that was pulling it and dumped the passengers on the road.
Officials say the hayride was part of a weekend retreat by at least two northwest Washington church youth groups at Our Lady of the Rock Monastery on the island.
The sheriff's office says in a statement that during the hayride, the tractor and attached trailer were driving downhill when the trailer gained momentum and the tractor jackknifed.