NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – An Amish man remains hospitalized Thursday night after being run over by a horse-drawn wagon around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in North Bloomfield.
The 40-year-old man was run over by his own wagon at his property off of Creaser Ashtabula road in Trumbull County. The accident happened when he fell off a horse-drawn trailer hauling logs for storage.
“When he fell off the trailer and was run over by the tire, the tire went over his chest, which resulted in some rib and lung injuries,” Assistant Bristol Fire Chief Steve Craiger said. “He was having trouble breathing.”
The man also hit his head when he fell, but was conscious when first responders arrived.
Since the drive-time to the closest level one trauma center is longer than 30 minutes, he was flown by helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown for treatment.
“I prayed about the situation,” neighbor Melvin Byler said. “So you don’t have to worry about his situation, he’ll be OK.”
“I’m sure he was doing everything he could to do the job properly, but accidents do happen,” Craiger said.
Emergency responders say the man is expected to be OK and — given the situation — the outcome could have been a lot worse.
“If the tire would have gone a little bit higher, it could have struck his throat or his head and could have been catastrophic that way,” Craiger said.
Editor’s note: Initial reports were that the man was run over by a team of horses. WYTV later learned that there was only one horse and a wagon involved.