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Orr Family Farm calls death of girl a tragedy

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: October 28, 2008 at 10:25 am •  Published: October 28, 2008
The Orr Family Farm issued its first public comments Monday about the hayride accident that killed a Moore toddler at the farm-themed amusement park.

Zoe Montgomery, 1, died Friday after she fell under the wheels of a trailer on the hayride, police and Zoe’s parents said.

"On behalf of the employees and members of Orr Family Farm & RR, LLC, we are deeply saddened by the tragic accident involving Zoe Montgomery and express our sincerest condolences to the Montgomery family,” Tom Orr said in an e-mail statement sent to The Oklahoman. "In the five years of operating the hayrides we have not had even a minor injury reported to us and we have had several thousand enjoy the hayrides.”

During a phone conversation with The Oklahoman, Orr said his father, Glenn Orr, was driving the tractor pulling the trailer and is "shattered” by the tragedy.

The farm and hayride remain open.

Investigation ongoing
Monday, police declined to release further investigation details.

"The length of an investigation does not necessarily mean that there’s any wrongdoing on anyone’s part,” said Oklahoma City police Capt. Steve McCool. "It’s just to make sure that we’ve looked at it from all angles and to make sure that everything’s been covered.”

The city police department is the only agency investigating the death. Officials for the state and federal departments of labor said the incident does not fall under their jurisdictions.

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