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No charges in fatal wagon train accident as investigation continues

On Sept. 1, a pickup truck crashed into the wagon train pulled by horses on Highway 276 in the Jonathan Creek area, killing 40-year-old Jason Messer. The accident also critically injured Boney Summey and his grandson, Chase.(Photo credit: Summey family)

It’s been a month since a traffic accident involving a wagon train took the life of a Haywood county man.

On Sept. 1, a pickup truck crashed into the wagon train pulled by horses on Highway 276 in the Jonathan Creek area, killing 40-year-old Jason Messer.

The accident also critically injured Boney Summey and his grandson, Chase, on board the wagon.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said, so far, there are no charges against the pickup driver as investigators collect evidence, including cell phone records.

The Summey family said Chase continues recovering at home after serious head injuries.

But they said Boney, who suffered extensive brain damage, is off a ventilator but still unresponsive and fighting for his life at St. Joseph's hospital.

A benefit dinner for the family takes place 4-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the North Canton Fire Department.

The family has established a GoFundMe account to help with their medical costs.

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