A 26-year-old Carlinville man is dead following what the Calhoun County Sheriff is calling a freak accident during a hay ride. Sheriff Bill Heffington says Matthew W. Weyen of the 17,900 block of Ridge Drive in Carlinville fell off of a hay wagon Saturday night and died of massive head trauma about an hour later.
Heffington says Weyen apparently was sitting near the front of the trailer and apparently lost his balance, falling off of a bale and to the ground. About twenty people were on the hayride and by all accounts everything seemed to be safe and in good working order, according to Heffington. The accident happened as the tractor and trailer was making a right-hand turn from the Mississippi River Road onto Mozier Hollow Road around 11:20pm. Weyen was pronounced dead just before 12:30am Sunday. No charges are expected.