In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers  Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone! 

A hayride by virtue is unsafe.   Why do you ask?

One a trailer was never designed to carry people it is only to be used as moving product and equipment.

Two no formal national safety standard for any hayrides or parade floats.

Three over 20 will die each and every year and hundreds are injured each and every year.

Four we refuse to let the legal system place all the blame on the driver when nobody approved a slow moving vehicle to be on the roadway of a highway going way below the posted limit of 45 mph. 

Five in fact are people not ticket when they go way below the speed limit?


The Farmer who conducted this "Hayride" amusement ride with no safety standards or permits needs to be responsible and we intend to inform all parties involved that "Hayrides" for use to the General Public needs oversight and proper enforcement by local Fire Marshalls all across the United States.


Kendall County Sheriff's Office

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Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Accident
****UPDATE****

On October 12, 2019 at approximately 1737 p.m., Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of River Road between Blackhawk Road and Fox River Drive, for a report involving a vehicle colliding with a wagon being towed by a tractor for a hay rack ride.

An investigation revealed Kaitlin Minick, a 22 year old female from the 800 block of West Hillcrest Drive of DeKalb. Minick was driving west on River Road, when her vehicle struck the back of the westbound hay wagon carrying a total of 14 adult passengers. Eleven passengers were transported to local area hospitals for treatment of varying degrees of injuries.

Ms. Minick was treated and released on the scene. Ms. Minick was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Sandwich Police Department, Plano Police Department, Bristol Kendall Fire, Oswego Fire, Somonauk Fire, Newark Fire, Little Rock Fox Fire, Sugar Grove Fire and Kendall County Auxiliary Deputies.

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[Katie Rickerl]
Katie Rickerl Robert Jacobsen
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[Caroline McCree]
Caroline McCree What's the speed limit there? Seems like extreme speed was probably involved if the car flipped upside down. Hope everyone involved is doing better today!
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[Nicole Williams]
Nicole Williams One would think !

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[Sherrie Kauski-Johns]
Sherrie Kauski-Johns Caroline McCree speed limit is 45 through there but no one does the speed limit
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[Michael Stephen]
Michael Stephen Caroline McCree if she tried correcting herself at last min, even going 20 mph could do that
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[Dave Blaskey]
Dave Blaskey Speed limit is 50
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[Annette M. Stephenson]
Annette M. Stephenson The time of day was also as the sun was setting. The area that this happened in, the sun is right in your eyes. I've had people honk, flick me off, blow by me because I've slowed down since I couldn't see on that road.
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[Jeannie Leland]
Jeannie Leland Dave Blaskey next time you drive down that road look at speed limit signs its 45. They change it over a year ago.
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[Jen Clay]
Jen Clay Annette M. Stephenson this is true. An acquaintance of mine was behind the car involved. He even said himself that there was an awful glare from the sun. That they were not traveling at too high of speed...praying ALL involed with this horrible accident have full recovery...
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[Kathryn Hothan]
Kathryn Hothan Drove the route my son & his friend did last night. It is posted throughout 45mph. Yes, my son & his friend were in THE car. No, they were not speeding, nor was the driver texting. Blame is being placed, speculation made & no one knows for sure, as of yet, what exactly transpired. I thank God they are both alive & pray for all who were involved.
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[Scott Ford]
Scott Ford I've been a tow truck driver for many years, and I can tell u that cars flip at low speeds also. I had one over the summer that the speed limit was 25 and 1 car was turning and the other car struck it at just the right spot and the car turning flipped over, witnessed state they were not speeding.

Many things are in play for a car to roll over
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[Bonnie Olin Walker Schuning]
Bonnie Olin Walker Schuning Kathryn Hothan thank goodness your son & friend are ok. Prayers for the injured people & your friend who also has to live with this.🙏
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[Kathryn Hothan]
Kathryn Hothan Bonnie Olin Walker Schuning thank you so much 💜

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[Caroline McCree]
Caroline McCree Kathryn Hothan I'm honestly not trying to blame anyone. I heard the glare from the evening sun is awful there, so I can imagine that's what the main cause was. Glad to know no one was speeding. I know bad things can happen even if everyone's doing everything right. I'm glad everyone in the car was ok. Can't even imagine how scary it is to flip over in a car!
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[Bonnie Middaugh]
Bonnie Middaugh Caroline McCree I believe 45 last time I traveled that road
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[Kathryn Hothan]
Kathryn Hothan Caroline McCree I'm praying for all involved. It was a horrific accident. I appreciate your words as many are playing the blame game. It is all speculation right now, investigation pending, but no matter what the outcome, I'm praying for everyone.
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[Danielle Galante]
Danielle Galante Not just the glare from the sun, but passing the trees it's like a strobe light that really messes with your eyes. I always went under speed limit when I traveled this road for that reason. People passed me up flipped me off but I don't care. Better safe then sorry. I'm just glad no one died. Horrible road.
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[Brandon Parr]
Brandon Parr This is a good reason why all drivers should keep a pair of sunglasses in there car, one of the first things my dad taught me when I started driving.
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[Denel Renee]
Denel Renee I've never seen signs that say 45.

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[Matt Jackson]
Matt Jackson Denel Renee yep it is there
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[Renee' Smith DeCamp]
Renee' Smith DeCamp Denel Renee I thought it was 50 myself.

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[Denel Renee]
Denel Renee Someone said they changed it a year ago. I always went 55 on those roads because no limit was posted. I think it should be posted 45 on Hale street too. Thanks for the info Matt Jackson

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[Justin Mikel]
Justin Mikel Brandon Parr best comment bro
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[Danielle Galante]
Danielle Galante Brandon Parr even with the sun glasses it caught my eyes.

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[Amy E Boldan-Sloan]
Amy E Boldan-Sloan Danielle Galante yes mine too

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[Rick Huseman]
Rick Huseman Lucky she didn’t kill anyone.
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[Maria Zayed Rosales]
Maria Zayed Rosales Rick Huseman yeah I couldn’t imagine carrying that kind of guilt around. It sounds like it was truly an accident. Sometimes the true victims in a story are those depicted as the villain. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes for sure. And if you happen to be reading this, you are still a good person.
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[Jena Margaret Hall]
Jena Margaret Hall Maria Zayed Rosales thank you for saying that! She’s one of my best friends and it’s definitely not an easy situation. She just lost her mom a couple years ago so it just makes it even worse.
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[Rebecca Ann]
Rebecca Ann I wonder what other charges they can find .
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[Tom Janito]
Tom Janito Prayers for all involved. I was wondering if it would help if these hayrides should have a vehicle following a little behind them with warning lights. Also maybe some yellow warning lights/ strobe lights on the back of the hayrides also could help.
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Michael Stephen Tom Janito ty couldnt have said it better...
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[Kathryn Hothan]
Kathryn Hothan Tom Janito YES since it was my son in the passenger seat of the car, I couldn't agree more!

The speculation of the masses is becoming a children's game of telephone.
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[Caitlyn Kita]
Caitlyn Kita This is a fun thing my parents have done for 10+ years. My dad is a farmer and always takes necessary precautions while doing this, with hazards and lights and “slow moving vehicle” sign. They were 3 min from home and right on schedule as they always get home around sunset.
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[Kim Schumpp-Kirkby]
Kim Schumpp-Kirkby Confused....what would have prevented her from hitting a slow car following the hayride when she drove into a huge rack attached to an even larger tractor??
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[Andrea Gudal]
Andrea Gudal Kim Schumpp-Kirkby, from what understand, at the time of this accident, the sun can be incredibly blinding to the driver heading in the direction of the tractor- trailer. Failure to reduce speed does not mean speeding. Let's wait for all the details to come out before vilifying this young woman.
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[Laura E. West Collett]
Laura E. West Collett Tom Janito in your suggestion then the car would have been hit. The driver should have been paying attention to the road, the road conditions and surroundings.
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[Dale Essling]
Dale Essling Andrea Gudal driving into the blinding sun at the speed limit, is technically not speeding. Driving the speed limit when you can’t see what’s ahead in time to stop...is driving too fast.
I wasn’t there....just sayin’
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[Brad Wies]
Brad Wies Caitlyn Kita If your family farms anything along river rd I feel terrible for them. Attempting to move anything down that road is a hazard since people love to pass illegally, speed and not pay attention. I'm glad this wasn't a fatal event for your fam…See More
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[Tom Janito]
Tom Janito Kim Schumpp-Kirkby the idea of a vehicle following with warning lights/ strobes doesn't guarantee that the following vehicle wouldn't get hit, the idea of a vehicle following a hayride type vehicle is for more advanced warning and that vehicle getting hit would be better suited in an accident than a bunch of people sitting on an open trailer with Zero Protection.

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[Jean Jones]
Jean Jones Andrea Gudal there is a blinding hill around there. if you are not from the area you wouldnt know it's there. I'm always scared a stopped bus will be on the other side of the hill. But I know the area. So I know to look for it. And it still makes me scared.

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[Melissa Flores]
Melissa Flores why do people keep blaming the sun??? The sun is in my eyes so it’s ok to hit someone/ something??? Absolutely not! Watch your surroundings in any driving conditions it’s that simple...

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[Andie Groff]
Andie Groff Melissa Flores I was sitting at my breakfast table one morning, my patio door faced east. The sun had just come up and all of the sudden we saw a pickup truck driving east plow straight into a parked car. The picked up truck had no idea the car was the…See More
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[Terri Schumpp]
Terri Schumpp This article says the girl driving was at fault! Why is this a discussion of what the wagon should have done differently. She could have killed up to 14 people last night. These injuries range of bleeding of the brain, broken neck, broken leg, bumps n bruises....need I go on? 3 are still laying in ICU. It was a fun hayride that is held yearly. 100% permitted fun!
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[Joshua Powell]
Joshua Powell Probably texting and driving.
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[Elena Villarreal]
Elena Villarreal Some of these young drivers just think they have all the experience they need 🙄
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[Brenda Ridenour Lueck]
Brenda Ridenour Lueck I’m 64 year old senior who grew up in Plano, and after reading all of these comments just want to say.....
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[Jean Jones]
Jean Jones There are are a few places in yorkville where the sun blinds you because of a hill. On rt 34 and on Jericho road. You are blinded at certain times of the day also. You can't even see break lights. It's a scary thing. 🙏🙏🙏for everyone involved.
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Rick Trevino Kirsten Lincoln

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[Ken Morrison]
Ken Morrison Hindsight is 20-20, but, in today's lawsuit-happy environment, I can't believe someone would conduct a hayride-type event on a public road. Slow-moving anything on the road invites an undesirable outcome...
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[Rick Moenkemier]
Rick Moenkemier Probably texting.
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[Robert Collett]
Robert Collett Why does it matter if it was hay or people. We are in a rural community and it’s that time of year for implements and tractors to be on the road.
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[Jeff White]
Jeff White That area and at that time of the evening she would have been coming up a hill into sunlight which would make it difficult to see a slow moving tractor. Not saying whose at fault but sometimes there are extenuating circumstances . Hope everyone makes a full recovery.
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[Susan Daniel Palmer]
Susan Daniel Palmer Prayers for everyone in hospital , hoping they are ok

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[Amy E Boldan-Sloan]
Amy E Boldan-Sloan Can I just ask what “hill” a few of you are referring to on River rd that was by the accident. I know the road very well and know the road that they all were on at the time of impact.. so im curious if your meaning the slight incline on river just afte…See More
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[Ron Melancon]
Ron Melancon The hayride was slow moving. No lights on hayride and no indication in advanced of a slow moving vehicle https://www.dangeroustrailers.org/we-warned-and-nobody...
[We Warned And Nobody Wants To Do Anything -- No Lights On Hayride Trailer -- Slow Moving Trailer On Public Highway And 11 People Hurt We Warned Nobody Listened]
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We Warned And Nobody Wants To Do Anything -- No Lights On Hayride Trailer -- Slow Moving Trailer On Public Highway And 11 People Hurt We Warned Nobody Listened

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[Ron Melancon]
Ron Melancon www.paradesafety.org why does everybody keep ignoring the NTSB? Recommendations?
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[Ron Melancon]
Ron Melancon Wrong...Facts are facts...no permit to be on the road. The road was never designed to be a "Hayride" attraction We have a concern that once again these "Farmers" are going to place the blame on this 22 year old driver. Another Fact is the vehicle was slow moving.....Another fact is the trailer was never designed to be used as a Hay Ride. The Ohio State Attorney General said..... A Trailer is not for people....it is only used to transport cargo not people. So we hope the driver's family gets a powerful attorney to defend her because it sounds like instead of blaming the "Farmer" for conducting illegal Amusement Rids on the highway you will be blaming the driver.

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[Ron Melancon]
Ron Melancon https://www.insurancejournal.com/.../2017/08/11/460835.htm
[Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Deadly Halloween Hayride in Maine]
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[Ron Melancon]
Ron Melancon She needs to contact https://dangeroustrailerspresscoverage.blogspot.com/...

[The Dangerous Trailer and Hayride Injury Lawyers of Reiff and Bily Proudly Salute the Efforts of Ron J. Melancon of Richmond, Virginia]
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