Hayride Accident

(Kendall County Sheriff's Office photo)

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office has now cited a Plano man who was operating the tractor pulling a haywagon when a vehicle crashed into the wagon, hospitalizing 11 people, earlier this month. 

The sheriff's office said in an update on Monday afternoon that on Thursday of last week,Gary Sleezer of Andrew Street, was cited for Improper Farm Tractor Operation. 

In a statement, the sheriff's office says Sleezer was allegedly in violation of operating a farm tractor on a roadway that was not being used in connection with farming operations.

Earlier this month, the sheriff's office announced that a DeKalb woman was cited in the crash that occurred on October 12th. 

The collision occurred on River Rd., between Blackhawk Rd. and Fox River Dr.

An investigation revealed 22 year-old Kaitlin Minick of West Hillcrest Drive of DeKalb 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.  

Minick was treated and released on the scene and was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. A passenger in the vehicle was also treated and released.

Little Rock-Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek told WSPY from the scene that night that there were approximately 15 patients at the scene, at least three of which were coded as "red" or "critical" and several others with "yellow" coding, meaning less severe injuries. 

Chief Witek said at least seven to eight ambulances were called. Numerous surrounding police agencies and emergency responders responded to the scene. '

On Monday, the sheriff's office said the investigation into the incident remains pending and ongoing. 

UPDATE 10/14/19: 

A DeKalb woman has been cited in a serious crash that involved a haywagon and vehicle on Saturday night. 

Officials have also provided more information and say a wagon was being towed by a tractor for a hay rack ride when a vehicle crashed into it.

The collision occurred on River Rd., between Blackhawk Rd. and Fox River Dr. around 5:37 p.m. on Saturday.

An investigation revealed 22 year-old Kaitlin Minick of West Hillcrest Drive of DeKalb 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.  

Minick was treated and released on the scene and was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. A passenger in the vehicle was also treated and released. Officials say the investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available. 

Little Rock-Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek told WSPY that there were approximately 15 patients at the scene, at least three of which were coded as "red" or "critical" and several others with "yellow" coding, meaning less severe injuries. 

Chief Witek said at least seven to eight ambulances were called. Numerous surrounding police agencies and emergency responders responded to the scene. 

He also said the response was initially dispatched as a "mass casualty incident" for medical control and hospital protocol and Chief Witek says the response was handled well. 

There have been no deaths reported. 

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the 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.

WSPY will bring you more information on the crash as more is released.

 Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.