Ohio animal park worker killed in horse cart crash

BERLIN, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say an animal park worker died when a horse-drawn wagon ran over him and crashed, injuring nine of its passengers in Ohio’s Amish country.

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park in Berlin at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. The office says 36-year-old Orley Miller of Apple Creek was operating the wagon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Miller stopped the wagon to let passengers feed nearby wildlife. They say Miller was leaning on the wagon’s safety rail, which broke and caused him to fall backward. The spooked horses then took off, and the wagon ran over him and struck a tree.

The sheriff’s office says the passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, and no horses were injured.

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