Farm cancels 'pumpkin smashing' event after ATV accident

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by WHAS11

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Posted on November 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 10:08 AM

Lanesville, Ind. (WHAS) – Plans to host a pumpkin smashing festival at a southern Indiana farm this weekend were halted after the owner of Deere Farms was involved in a serious accident Friday evening.

James Baumgart was thrown from his ATV after losing control while trying to herd loose pigs back to the pen. Conservation officers say he lost control and was thrown onto St. John’s Church Road.

Baumgart was taken to University Hospital’s intensive care unit for treatment.

“Pretty much the left side of his body, the ribs are all broken,” his daughter Leah Baumgart said. “He has a shattered clavicle and a punctured and collapsed lung. So, he’s going to be spending some time in the hospital.”

Baumgart was not wearing a helmet and sustained trauma to his head. Even with his injuries, Leah says her dad is still thinking about his farm.

“Here he is in the ICU worrying about a festival when he is in this kind of condition. But that’s my dad for you. But I had to make the decision to close it down today,” she said.

Deere Farms expected 1,000 attendees for the festival. Leah says they will try to have the farm open Sunday if weather permits although the pumpkin smashing will not be rescheduled.

James Baumgart is listed in fair condition at University Hospital.
 

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