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2 injured in wagon train wreck in critical condition, family asks for prayers

A woman marches in the Canton Labor Day Parade, asking for prayers for the wagin train riders. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

On Tuesday we have an update in how two people who were injured in a tragic wagon train wreck Friday are doing.

The wreck happened Friday in Haywood County, when a truck ran into the wagons on Jonathan Creek Road in Waynesville.

A family member tells News 13 that the grandfather and grandson who were both hurt in the incident are both in the ICU at Mission, and are both in critical condition. She said that the family asks for the community's continued prayers.

The wreck that injured the grandfather and grandson also killed one of the riders, 40-year-old Jason Messer of Clyde. One horse was put down at the scene.

On Labor Day, just days after the incident, members of the wagon train group rode in the Canton Labor Day Parade to pay tribute to their friend who lost his life.

Normally, 15-20 wagons ride in the parade, but on Monday, it was only two.

"Oh yeah. It means a whole lot to us there. It's a bad situation you know," said Wayne Henson, one of the riders. "Sort of doing it in honor of him."

On Monday the wagon riders told us the the man who was injured in the wreck and his grandson seemed to be doing better.

The highway patrol is investigating the wreck. Stay with News 13 for continuing updates.


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