CHARLOTTE, NC (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) - One person was killed and a horse had to be put down at the scene after a pickup collided with a wagon train in the western North Carolina community of Maggie Valley, according to multiple media outlets. One witness was quoted as saying it "sounded like a bomb went off" when the collision occurred Friday afternoon.
The accident occurred in front of the Pride Resort in Maggie Valley and involved a Ford Ranger that hit the back of the wagon train, reported WLOS. The station said several people are hospitalized, including a man and his grandson.
The wagon train had 18 wagons and 20 horses included, media outlets said. Organizers of the Haywood County Labor Day Wagon Train said in a Facebook post that their Labor Day events were canceled as a result of the accident.
"We ask that you keep the prayers coming," said a Facebook post for the group. "We have several folks who are currently in the hospital and under going surgery...Right now I ask special prayers for The Summey Family & The Ferguson's who were also injured in this horrific accident. Continued prayers of love & comfort to the Messer's and everyone involved."