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Wagon operator killed in Holmes County accident

Wagon operator killed in Holmes County accident. (Source: WOIO) Wagon operator killed in Holmes County accident. (Source: WOIO)

The Holmes County Sheriff's Department is investigating an accident at Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park that left one man dead and nine others injured Tuesday.

Tuesday, deputies were called to Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park, 3961 CR 168, Berlin Twp. after a 911 caller reported that an out of control horse drawn wagon had crashed causing injuries.

Upon arrival at the scene by Fire and EMS found out that one man had died and nine others were injured. The operator of the wagon, 36-year old Orley Miller, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five of the nine passengers were transported by East Holmes Fire & EMS and Paint Twp. EMS to Joel Pornerene Hospital. Two of the five were then transported onto Aultman Hospital for further treatment. One of the victims was later transported to Joel Pomerene by private car.

Police say Miller was stopped in the road of the park to allow his passengers to feed the nearby wildlife.

He was out of his seat and leaning against a safety rail that separates the operator area from the horses that pull the wagon.

At some point this safety rail broke causing Miller to fall backwards onto the horses, causing them to spook and take off.

Miller was ran over by the wagon causing fatal injuries. After the horses ran, the wagon continued driverless a short distance and struck a tree causing injury to the passengers. The horses were not injured in the incident.

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