Highland woman injured in hayride spill

2013-08-05T17:00:00Z 2013-08-05T22:46:04Z Highland woman injured in hayride spillStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 05, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A Northwest Indiana woman was hurt during a weekend festival when she fell off a wagon during a hayride.

Margaret "Peggy" O’Rourke, 46, of Highland, was taken by ambulance to IU Health LaPorte hospital then later transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

According to LaPorte County police, emergency responders were called about 12:30 p.m. Sunday to Share Foundation for the Handicapped, which sits on nearly 200 acres north of Rolling Prairie.

The 19th annual Leprechaun Hunt was being held to raise money for the foundation, which has group homes for the mentally and or physically challenged.

According to police, O’Rourke and a friend were sitting on a bail of hay at the front of the wagon pulled by a tractor.

The wagon was taking people on a hunt for ceramic Leprechauns, which commanded anywhere from $50 to more than $1,000 apiece in prize money.

Police said the wagon started bouncing due to the uneven ground and O’Rourke flew over the front of the wagon.

According to police, O’Rourke was found laying face down on the ground bleeding heavily from lacerations to her head and face, but her vital signs appeared stable.

The Rev. Dennis Blaney, founder and president of Share Foundation, said about 7,000 people attended the festival, which also featured things like food, children’s games and live music.

O’Rourke was treated and released from the hospital in South Bend, according to hospital officials.


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