1989 Cormier-Village hayride accidentThe Cormier-Village hayride accident occurred in the Canadian rural community of Cormier-Village, New Brunswick, 10 km west of Cap-Pelé and 22 km east of Shediac.
AccidentOn the afternoon of Sunday, October 8, 1989, the members of the McGraw and Leger families were participating in a hayride, travelling in a wagon pulled by a farm tractor, as well as two following pickup trucks, along the shoulder of Route 945. They were approximately 100 m from the end of the ride at a community hall in Cormier-Village where they had planned a family reunion as part of their celebration of Thanksgiving Weekend.
The driver of a tractor trailer (logging truck) hauling a 6-tonne load of hardwood logs cut into 20 ft lengths lost control as he passed, resulting in the entire load of logs tipping onto the tractor/wagon and pickup trucks. 13 people were killed and 45 injured with many victims pinned and crushed; five children were among those who died.
Emergency responders from the RCMP in Shediac, volunteer fire fighters from Cap-Pelé and numerous ambulance paramedics from across Westmorland County responded to the graphic accident scene. Victims were transported to tertiary care hospitals in Moncton, approximately 45 km away.