- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WOLFORD, N.D. (AP) - A Wolford family known for its horse-drawn wagon rides is grieving after a hayride at the weekend turned to tragedy.

The Halvorson family was operating a hayride on state Highway 17 just west of Wolford on Saturday afternoon when the wagon was rear-ended by a three-quarter-ton pickup truck, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Bradley Cichos, 53, of Rugby, died at the scene, along with the two Clydesdale horses pulling the wagon.

Four other people were injured, including the 4-year-old daughter of Landon and Sierra Halvorson. Amiyah is being treated in a Minneapolis hospital for multiple injuries and her prognosis is unknown, WDAZ-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1Y2pIm7 ).

Landon’s father, Lyman, and Lyman’s 18-year-old daughter, Kenzie, also were hurt. Lyman Halvorson remains hospitalized, while Kenzie was treated for a broken foot, a broken nose and several cuts and released.

Cichos’ wife, Margaret, also is being treated in a Minneapolis hospital for multiple injuries.

“It’s one of the worst accidents we’ve had in this county in several years,” Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler said. “We’ve never had this many people injured from one vehicle accident, not to my recollection anyway.

“Just a terrible tragedy,” Siegler said.

No charges have been filed against the 75-year-old Wolford man who was driving the pickup. He wasn’t hurt in the crash.

The Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate.

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Information from: WDAZ-TV, http://wdaz.com

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