Haunted hay ride ends with tragic death

17-year-old Cassidy Charette died after the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride wagon she was in with her friends crashed and overturned in Mechanic Falls, Maine. What was going to be a night of scary creatures, fun and games turned into a crash site after the driver of the hayride lost control of the vehicle and went downhill. After the accident, thirty people were severely injured and young Cassidy was dead.

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This is so sad! This haunted hayride is part of the Halloween traditions of the area. Cassidy had attended the night ride for the past five years and was looking forward to enjoying it with her friends once again. The wagons were loaded with passengers and trained actors, dressed in costumes, made spooky sounds as as the hayride moved along the spooky trail. No one thought that something fun like that could end up in tragedy.

According to the investigators, due to a mechanical problem, the SUV puling the wagons was unable to stop and the ride went downhill. The speed made the wagons turn upside down and people went flying everywhere, landing on top of one another. There are no safety guidelines in place for hayrides and I think this is very wrong. Those rides carry lives and the trails and vehicles should be tested frequently. When the owners of the Harvest Hills Farm arrived at the scene of the accident they found injured people lying everywhere. I just cannot imagine the horror! Saturday was a busy night too. Around five hundred passengers enjoyed the ride prior to the deadly accident.  

The entire community is devastated by the death of Cassidy Charette, who was a star soccer player at the Messalonskee High School. She loved to study and spend time with her family and friends. My heart is broken! Young Cassidy left us too soo. My most sincere condolences to her parents. As a mom, I can't imagine the pain her parents are feeling They lost their precious daughter in a heart wrenching way and that's something every parent on the planet fears.

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Topics: accident  children  dead children