A mom of two died in a freak accident while witnessing a tractor pull at a Pennsylvania fair when a wheel fragment struck her in the neck during the competition.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Brandy Horner, 33, was killed on Friday evening at the Union County West End Fair in Laurelton shortly after a malfunction prompted an exhaust wheel to dislodge and fly into the stands, striking her.
Before she was rushed to the hospital and declared deceased, off-duty medical personnel and first responders attempted to assist her.
“It was a freak accident,” stated the fair’s president, Dennis Boop, to PennLive.com.
Despite the continuation of fair activities, the remaining events at the pulling track were suspended due to unforeseen circumstances, according to the fair’s Facebook page. Police stated that no foul play or illicit activity was suspected.
Brandy Horner’s Life and Legacy Honored by Colleagues and Loved Ones
According to her obituary, Horner is survived by Travis, her spouse of ten years, and two sons.
Leah Spangler, the administrator of The Learning Lamp, where Horner worked for a number of years, described Horner’s passing as a huge loss.
Spangler told the Tribune-Democrat, Brandy’s heart was truly in her work because she loved working with children and recognized the value of the preschool program.
Jen Percinsky, the director of one of Horner’s son’s preschool programs, told WJAC that other teachers she knew were heartbroken.
The National Tractor Pullers Association describes tractor pulling as the world’s heaviest motorsport in which modified tractors or trucks draw a metal sled along a track.
The winner is the tractor that draws its sled the farthest distance.