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    • Wayne York, 41, was driving the tractor in Hancock County when he lost control at an incline, causing them to slide down and the wagon to flip
    • Amy Swinderman, of Hamilton, Illinois died in the accident on Saturday night 
    • Sixteen of the victims were children aged between one and 12 years old 
    • York was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident 
    • Illinois State Police said the tractor was too small for the ride 

    A woman has been killed and 19 people are injured after a double axle trailer being pulled by a tractor overturned and slid down a wooded ravine on Saturday night.

    Amy Swinderman, of Hamilton, Illinois died in the accident that took place during a family gathering where they went riding in the trailer on square hay bales. 

    The 32-year-old mother and others were being driven by Wayne York, 41, in Hancock County when he lost control at an incline, causing them to slide down and the wagon to flip.

    York was ejected from the tractor and multiple people were ejected from the trailer.  

    Amy Swinderman, of Hamilton, Illinois died in the accident on Saturday night. She’s pictured with her husband Josh and their children

    Wayne York, 41, was driving the tractor in Hancock County when he lost control at an incline, causing them to slide down a wooded ravine and the wagon to flip

    Wayne York, 41, was driving the tractor in Hancock County when he lost control at an incline, causing them to slide down a wooded ravine and the wagon to flip

    Troopers were called to the scene at County Road 2000 North and County Road 800 East at about 9pm. 

    Sixteen of the victims were children aged between one and 12 years old, WGEM reported.

    Illinois State Police Capt. Jon Dively Jr. said they suffered significant injuries.

    Michael E. Davidson 43, Ashley Davidson, 41, and Jessica N. Little, 41, were the other adults transported to a local area hospital. They are all of Hamilton, Illinois.

    The Nauvaoo, Illinois man was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

    Illinois State Police’s reconstruction team said the tractor was too small for the ride.

    Swinderman leaves behind her husband, Josh and her three daughters, Aubree, Kellie, and Baylor. 

    A GoFundMe page was started by a loved one this weekend. 

    ‘Amy was a loving wife and mother. She was an amazing friend with a beautiful soul. She was the light that filled the room with her presence. A smile that made a difference and brought you comfort,’ Elizabeth Anderson wrote on the page to raise $10,000.

    ‘With all of the emotional pain and stress that a death brings, it also brings financial burdens. We are trying to raise money for Josh and their children to help with any costs that will incur and to help wherever needed.’

    An Air Evac helicopter is pictured at the scene around 9pm at County Road 2000 North and County Road 800 East

    An Air Evac helicopter is pictured at the scene around 9pm at County Road 2000 North and County Road 800 East

    'Amy was a loving wife and mother. She was an amazing friend with a beautiful soul,' a GoFundme page read

    ‘Amy was a loving wife and mother. She was an amazing friend with a beautiful soul,’ a GoFundme page read

    It comes after two weeks ago, a northern Illinois woman was ticketed for driving her car into a hayride wagon carrying 14 adult passengers, injuring 11 of them.

    The Kendall County Sheriff’s Department said a car driven by 22-year-old Kaitlin Minick of DeKalb slammed into the rear of the wagon being towed by a tractor. 

    Fire officials say Minick’s vehicle flipped over in the crash. She was treated at the scene. 

    The accident occurred in Little Rock Township, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) west of Chicago. 

    Little Rock-Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek said many of the injured suffered broken bones and some were unconscious when emergency crews arrived. 

    Three of the wagon passengers were hospitalized in serious condition.   

    Swinderman leaves behind her husband, Josh and her three daughters, Aubree, Kellie, and Baylor

    Swinderman leaves behind her husband, Josh and her three daughters, Aubree, Kellie, and Baylor 

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