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Boy seriously injured after being run over during hayride

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A 13-year-old boy was critically injured when he was run over by a trailer during a hayride in southeastern North Dakota Saturday afternoon.

Ethan Peterson was among 25 riders on the hayride during an Oktoberfest celebration in Hakinson, a city about 20 miles from the Minnesota border, when he was run over, Forum News Service reports.

He was airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for his injuries, which are described as serious, WDAY reports. He is in critical, but stable condition, Forum notes.

This is the latest struggle to hit the Peterson family this month, a GoFundMe page set up for the teenager says. On Sept. 17, Ethan's father, Mark Peterson, died after a long battle with heart disease, according to the page.

Because Ethan's mother, Dawn Peterson, is not able to work with her son in the hospital (and has been out of work for sometime while her husband was hospitalized), family and friends have started a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for medical bills.

As of Monday morning, the page had raised $4,255 of its $75,000 goal.

No one else was injured in the hayride incident and it's not clear if charges will be filed against the driver, reports note.

There are no statistics available for the number of hayride accidents that happen every year, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission told Comcast SportsNet last year that the number of injuries has risen dramatically.

The organization notes regulations and inspections for hayrides vary, and are often left up to states or cities.

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