Woman Paralyzed In Hayride Accident Files Lawsuit

ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – An employee of a Michigan market who was paralyzed from the waist down after being run over by a horse-drawn wagon during a hayride has filed a lawsuit.

AnnArbor.com reports 23-year-old Mary Armbruster of Ann Arbor sued Tuesday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 from Jenny’s Dexter Market in Webster Township.

Armbruster had been working at the market on weekends, taking customers on hayrides. She claims the market gave her faulty equipment and didn’t fix it when she complained.

One day in September, she was attempting to get control of two horses on the property when she was thrown from the wagon and run over, suffering a fractured spine. She was left paralyzed from the waist down and spent more than two months in the hospital.

According to AnnArbor.com, the lawsuit claims the market set a “course for the hayride which required the wagon to be driven down a steep, dangerously unsafe hill with uneven ground.”

Jennifer Lambers, who owns the market, declined to comment to Ann Arbor.com. A telephone listing for the market was busy when called Thursday morning by The Associated Press.

The market is a popular weekend destination in Washtenaw County near Dexter, about 40 miles west of Detroit.

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