'I consider him a legend': Family mourns as wagon train wreck becomes double fatality

54-year-old Boney Summey of Canton died Sunday after suffering critical injuries in September's wagon train wreck. (Photo credit: Summey Family)

A second person has died after a wagon train accident two months ago in Haywood County. A pickup truck crashed into horse drawn wagons on September 1 along Highway 276.

Jason Messer, 40, was killed in the wreck and 54-year-old Boney Summey of Canton suffered critical brain injuries. Family member say Summey died early Sunday morning.

His wife of 37 years, Teresa Summey, says a clot had formed and "there was nothing they could do.”

Teresa said she stayed at the hospital 66 days.

“And I enjoyed every minute of them. And I would like to thank everybody for what they've done,” she said.

Boney’s family said they will rely on each other and their faith.

“My faith is what's holding me up right now, faith in God. I know that's where my Daddy's at, in Heaven. And I know he's at peace,” Boney’s daughter, Tracie Lundsford, said.

The family said they’re certain Boney is at peace and without pain. They are also certain of his contribution to the family, 27 years at Canton's paper bill, 20 volunteer years with the North Canton Fire Department, and 37 years in the county’s Labor Day wagon train.

“I consider him a legend,” his wife said.

So, does his 8-year-old grandson.

“He was very important to all of us, but he's in Heaven now. He's probably enjoying his life,” Justin Lundsford said.

Tracie Lundsford says the family's goal is to stay strong, especially for the kids. The source of the strength, she says, is their close family and community support.

“The wagon train, North Canton Baptist Church, North Canton Fire Department.”

“We're going to be OK,” she added.

No charges have been filed in the incident. The District Attorney's Office continues its investigation now that the accident is a double fatality.

Funeral services for Boney Summey will be held at one o’clock Friday afternoon in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 4 until 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

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