Posted October 18, 2013
Three people were injured after a tractor rolled into at ditch at a Bedford County, Virginia farm, according to an article by The Roanoke Times, available here.
Layman Family Farms opened its facilities to the public as part of its fall festivities in which visitors can pick pumpkins, go on hayrides, and explore a corn maze.
The injuries occurred when six people were on a flatbed trailer hitched to a tractor which rolled down a hill into a creek on the farm. Rescue crews were called to the farm around 10:30 p.m. on Friday. Montvale fire chief, Scott Hawkins, said two people fell off the trailer and were pinned underneath it in the water. Two people were airlifted to a trauma center at a nearby hospital and one person was transported by ambulance, according to a WSET article, available here. WSLS 10 reports that the farm reopened on Saturday.
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