Eric Layman of Layman Family Farms says the smiling faces of children during the fall is what he looks forward to this time of year. But the ride took a dangerous turn Friday night.
It's still hard for Layman to talk about what happened because out of ten years he's opened the farm to fall events, Friday's accident has caused the first tractor related injuries.
We checked to see what the farm has done in terms of safety and here's what we found out. The owners says that every year right before fall he gets all of his equipment inspected through Bedford County.
Layman also attends an annual conference to brainstorm ideas on safety measures with hundreds of other farmers. One of those measures include putting wooden planks on the sides of the tractor. After the tractor took a tumble Friday, Layman wasted no time making improvements.
After Friday's accident plastic wires were put in place on the sides of the tractor to protect passengers. Some thing else are wooden chalks that are put down before passengers get off the wagon from swaying back and forth.
Even though this accident happened, Layman says he hopes it brings to light the dangers for other farmers.
"Hopefully other farmers can take from our incident and implement other things to them and hopefully I can get more ideas them to implement here," says Layman.