Hayride overturns in Perkins Twp.; 28 people injured

(Updated 11 a.m. Sunday) Dozens of people were injured late Saturday after a hayride overturned on Patten Tract Road south of Bogart Road in Perkins Township. The driver of the hayride is charged with drinking and driving, among other charges.
Sandusky Register
Oct 23, 2011

(Updated 11 a.m. Sunday) Dozens of people were injured late Saturday after a hayride overturned on Patten Tract Road south of Bogart Road in Perkins Township. The driver of the hayride is charged with drinking and driving, among other charges.

Perkins emergency personnel responded to a call at 10:37 p.m. of a hayride that had overturned in the 6200 block of Patten Tract Road.

Twenty-eight people were injured in the overturn, investigators later confirmed.

Capt. Steve Reiderman, of the Perkins Fire Department, said victims were being treated for bumps, bruises and possible broken bones.

Victims still were being tended to and transported at 11:30 p.m. Eight victims were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, two were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and six were taken to The Bellevue Hospital. Emergency vehicles still filled the road as of 11:50 p.m.

Two passengers from Castalia later had to be transported from Bellevue Hospital by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo for serious injuries. They were Ruben Cruz Jr. and Raynoldo Cruz.

Jeff Matter, 47, of Milan, who participated in the event, estimated there were about 120 people on the hayride. That's an accurate count, according to the Patrol, which said that about 30-40 people were in each trailer.

Three caged trailers were being pulled as part of the hayride. The first two were being pulled by a tractor, and the third followed and was being pulled by a truck. The second trailer being pulled by the tractor turned over on the right side of Patten Tract Road, where it still sat at 11:50 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver of the tractor, Michael L. Hermes refused to take a field sobriety test and was arrested by troopers for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was not injured in the overturn. He was taken to the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, where a warrant was issued to draw blood from him for alcohol tests to be performed at the Patrol's crime lab.

Hermes, 47, was also charged with aggravated vehicular assault, open container and failure to control and jailed at the Erie County jail. He's scheduled to appear in Sandusky Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The crash is still under investigation by the Patrol, and the names, health status and addresses of the 28 injured people is still being compiled.

Check sanduskyregister.com and read Monday's edition for updates.

Comments

THED0N

I wonder how much the driver of the hay ride had to drink? How much will this ride cost the owners of the "Hay Ride Booze Cruise"? There were some serious injuries that occurred from this. I am very upset by the events that took place tonight!  When the whole story comes out on this you will be also.     Thank You for the blankets and all the kind help from the neighbors that came out to help the injured! 

Morningbreezes1

 I am glad to hear that there were no life- threatening injuries.

2cents
Hope everyone will be ok, seems like a lot of people packed onto three wagons!   On another note this may be a good place to comment about the newer blue and red lights law enforcement is using on top of their cars. Has anyone notice that they are now so bright that they have become a danger in themselves! Yep, just too damn bright when sitting parked at a traffic stop or accident. I came upon one of many a traffic stops and sorry but almost hit the officer because the intensity of the lights blinded me as I approached. I sure hope someone in LE reads this and passes it along to their vendors because the technology being there to blast the light down the road has now made their lives more vulnerable to being struck by a blinded driver. There is a payoff for being seen at a distance but in my eyes that boundary has now changed hands. I am sure the vendor can supply the system with a power reduction switch of say 50% for when the chase is over and the cruiser is parked. Hmm! calling patent attorney now, LOL   Play safe out there guys, I am sure a little alcohol was involved on that hay ride.   Just saying!
Just Thinkin

Prayer's out to all the family and friends

the_tank

Get real. On what planet are the lights of an officer's cruiser to blame for your reckless driving?!!!  Emergency lighting has become that bright do to people not recognizing the need for caution early enough and too many emergency personnel and vehicles being struck.  No arguement can be made against the fact that if you approach any scene with flashing lights, no matter how bright, with proper caution and at a low enough speed, you should be at no risk of striking anyone on scene.  I understand that there is inherent danger and certain circumstances beyond human control at any emergency scene, but, flashing lights do not qualify as either.  Take some personal responsibility, put on your big boy pants, and drive like a grown up who understands that not everything exists to accomodate your lack of common sense.  Really.

man4451

 

Board of Commissioners - Bill Monaghan, Thomas M. Ferrell, Jr, Patrick Shenigo IS this one of THOSE SHORT CUTS, NOT FINISHED ROADS? FELL off the side? No warning signs?

nofufucat

My question is considering a motorized vehicle was involved in this accident was a field sobriety test performed at the time on the driver of the vehicle that was pulling the wagon that turned over?  And if not why not.

nofufucat

My question is considering a motorized vehicle was involved in this accident was a field sobriety test performed at the time on the driver of the vehicle that was pulling the wagon that turned over?  And if not why not.

Forward Looking

 We had trouble last night turning around near the scene of the accident.  Without knowing what happened, we guessed that the one of the wagons fell over the cliff of asphalt that is left after the road resurfacing project.  There are some areas that are 12"+ drops from road surface to grade below.  If one of those wagons was wagging a little bit and got one of its tires over the edge, then you would have the result of last night.  Hopefully this project is not considered complete because it is dangerous and anyone could fall victim to the drop off at the road edge...imagine what it would be like in the winter.  This needs to be fixed and soon...

friend

 Register, FYI, ALL of Patten Tract Rd. is South of Route 2.  It's like saying a stretch of 250 South of Lake Erie.

Taxpayer

These hayrides have been going on way before any of us were around.  All of a sudden one just turns over all by itself?  Come on!  I am wondering if someone did some swerving to spice up the ride a little.  There is more to this and I hope the results of the investigation will be reported instead of being swept under the carpet, out of sight, out of mind.  Everyone is beginning to do the usual liberal BLAME.  How about those "bright" lights on police cars?  Here is a tip.  Do NOT stare at them.  How hard is that?  The wagon turned over because of the "unfinished" roads?  It is the BLAME of the county commissioners?  If that is the case, then WHY aren't ALL vehicles turning over on Patton Tract Rd.?  Hey, Sandusky Register, Patten Tract is NOT close to Ohio 2.  How about Patten Tract between W. Bogart and Fox Rd.?  The "B" team must be on call at the Register.  Ha! Ha!           

Erie Countian

Thanks for the informative link, Castalia Gal. How come WOIO can provide this info but our LOCAL paper cannot?!  Pretty pathetic that the driver was drunk and driving a trailer full of people.

I Judge you

Get em Son!

friend
Julie R.

I wouldn't want to be in the driver's shoes right now.

Darkhorse

Hauling two trailers at once doesn't look like a bright idea especially with the load you are hauling. 

run for the hills

I was listening to the scanner throughout the entire incident. I was very impressed on how smooth this tragic event was handled by all involved. This could have been much more tragic and can only wonder one thing. The hospitals were well staffed and were able to handle the injuries that occured. I realize that this is a political statement, but if SB 5 was already in place and contracts had been in place to where cuts had taken place already, would the staffing levels of our police departments, fire departments and hospitals been able to not only handle this event, but perhaps an even more tragic event? If you were one of the injured or one of your family members had been injured, would you want well staffed departments on all levels? This is an example of how events like this should be handled. A job well done by all involved last night, but if SB5 is allowed to go through, tragic events like this could be worse because of cut backs. Hopefully everyone injured recovers quickly and again thanks to all the first responders and the hospitals involved in treating the injured.

leonurse1973

 Run for the hills.... Do your research before posting about SB 5 .. As none of the area hospitals around here are union and will not be affected!!  Educate yourself. 

observer

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WaterStreetCooncat

 I agree w/ 2cents that these lights are too bright. I was pulled over one night for going 43 in a 40 (GO FIGURE) by the Highway Patrol & he had his flashers & spot beam on & purposely had his spot beam shining in my mirror. He asked me suspiciously why I was squinting & I said because that flood light is shining right in my eyes blinding me. And LE wonders why some people are rude to THEM when pulled over. @ The tank: Who said anyone else was driving reckless? I've driven by accidents & have to look the other direction because of the intensity of these giant flashers. I prefer the old fashioned rotating lights anyway.  Morons should not twist stories to accommodate their redneck attitudes or jump to conclusions. These flashers look likr they're manufactured by the same people who make lighting rigs for night clubs.

As for the hay ride I know someone who was on it & the trailers were WAAAY overloaded. The way cops are in this area I'm surprised victims were not charged with public intox as they lay beside the road.  

the_tank

 

 

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friend

 run for the hills, which union do you belong to?  It's obvious because you don't even know the facts about it.  FIRST, none of the hospitals around here would be affected.  Secondly, the firefighters and police would be able to do everything exactly the same.  The only people scared by SB5/Issue 2 are the unions taht would lose power.

run for the hills

I do not belong to any union and have no connections with unions. As for your statement that local hospitals would not be effected by this legislation, why would they be different from any other hospital. How could the firefighters and police departments be able to do the same if they are undermanned and they will be if this is allowed to pass. Please remove yourself from your fantasy world. Hopefully, you will not need a well staffed team in the future. I challenge you to actually read the entire bill and please do not say you have. Know the facts before you speak or post.

somethingaboutmo

I have a complaint too. The sun is just too damn bright. For some reason, if I look directly at it while driving, I almost hit other cars and pedestrians. This is just uncalled for. Does the sun really need to be that bright?  I've even been told that if you look at the sun for too long, you can go blind. Something must be done about this. 

Just Saying

Um yep, sunglasses

WaterStreetCooncat

 Thanks to PROFESSIONAL reporters fron Fox 19 Action News for giving a CLEAR & non-vague version of what happened, including names & a mugshot. No thanks to the Register (as usual), yet while still rubber banded, the Sunday Edition does make a good scratching post.

Kenny V



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From the information I have gathered. I would have to say the tractor driver as many farmers do, seen approaching traffic and pulled off to the side of the road to let traffic pass safely. In turn with Patton Tract Rd just being resurfaced and built up several inches, along with all the rain we have gotten as of late softening the shoulder of the road intern causing the rear trailer to flip.

These hayrides have been going on for years. This incident could have been much worse, considering more trailers used for hayride are flat bed trailers without the cages on them. If this would have happened to one of those trailers people would have been more seriously injured.

My prayers are with all of those involved in this incident.

 

grandmasgirl

First of all...I hope everyone recovers from this accident. Second, if the road has recently been resurfaced and there is a drop off, then I can see this happening. I can also see the trailers weaving back and forth. I have traveled the turnpike and watched some UPS (and other) trucks that pull three tailers weaving. Now to the subject of lights. I have not really noticed the patrol cars lights being to bright, but I do have an issue with the cars with the Halogan lights. When they are coming at me, I am ok, until they get close, then I am also blinded. I was always taught to look at the side of the road, but even that doesn't help with these lights. Some drivers are extra sensitive to bright lights, just as some cannot hear as good as others. We need to remember that.

THED0N

It is not the roads falt when a drunk driver swerves back and forth for fun and loses control of a trailer with people in the wagon that trusted to get them back and forth to the bars safely. 

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