Herald and Journal, December 7, 1998

Two fatal accidents in area

Montrose teen run over by hay wagon

Anthony Fahey, 13, of Montrose was killed when he fell off a wagon used for hay rides at the Buffalo Hills Tree Farm off County Rd. 34 in Buffalo Township Nov. 29, according to the Wright County Sheriff's Department.

Hayrides were offered as part of the activities at the tree farm. The boy had fallen off the wagon while it was moving and was struck by a rear wheel.

The wagon was homemade, about 18 inches off the ground, and loaded with about 20 people, according to the Wright County Journal-Press.

The wheel was located out to the side of the wagon, not underneath as with a regular farm hay wagon.

Fahey, a seventh grade student at the Buffalo Community Middle School, had just apparently been told by his parent to stop kicking at the wheel of the wagon.

Seconds later the youngster's foot was caught by the wheel and he was pulled off the wagon.

He landed under the wheel, face down on the ground, where the wheel ran over him. It is believed to be severe trauma to the head that was the cause of death.

The victim was transported to the Buffalo Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident is being investigated by the Wright County Sheriff's Office and the Wright County Coroner's Office.

Fahey was a seventh grade student at the Buffalo Community Middle School.

Services were Dec. 2 at St Paul's United Church of Christ in Delano.

A memorial fund has been established for the family of Fahey to help with funeral expenses and other costs.

Donations can be sent to the Tony Fahey Memorial Fund, State Bank of Delano, P.O. Box 530, Delano, Minn., 55328. For more information, call the bank at 612-972-2935.

Woman killed in 1-vehicle rollover

Helen Brelje, 86, of Glencoe was killed in a one-car rollover on Sibley County Road 13 about four miles southeast of Gaylord.

Brelje was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Sibley County Sheriff's Department, Brelje's car was northbound of County Road 13 when it went off the road and into a ditch. The vehicle traveled about 200 yards before it rolled in a field.

The sheriff's office was called about 7 a.m., and when deputies arrived, they found Brelje had died.

The accident is still under investigation.

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