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Long recovery for haunted hayride victim

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BOMOSEEN, Vt -

It's day one of physical therapy for Norm Grenier at his home in Bomoseen. 

"This is a really bad time of year for this, I am a fanatical deer hunter, I'm not going to be able to do that this year," Grenier said.

But the 47-year-old is lucky to be alive. He was run over by a haunted hay ride October 6th in Benson -- an event he and his family have participated in for the past decade. Grenier was hiding behind his usual Michael Myers mask as the hay wagon full of 30 people rolled by.  "I wanted to get one last scare on that wagon," he said.

But as he approached, the haunted hayride became a real life fright fest. His 11-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter and grown son all witnessed what happened next.

"My feet just came out from underneath me," Grenier recalled. "I knew the front wheel was going to run over me and I spent every ounce of energy in me to make sure it didn't run over my head... Then the second wheel ran over me and from then on I don't remember a whole lot."

In the process, Grenier was dragged about 50 feet before the wagon stopped. "They thought it was part of the act -- me falling, because a lot of times people will put things in the road to make it hop like that for a scare factor," he said.

Grenier spent 20 days in the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center. The IT technician broke nearly all of his ribs and his pelvis. His ankle is still too swollen to determine what is wrong with it. "There were days I thought I may never come out of there," he said.

"Me and his mom went in first -- couldn't even recognize his face," said Barb Goodwin, Grenier's girlfriend.

Grenier said he won't let this freak accident scare him away from participating in next year's haunted hayride in Benson. "I probably will be pretty conservative. It scared me pretty well," he said.

He said it will be a few weeks before he will know how long the recovery process will take, but knowing he will likely fully recover is worth the wait. "There's a lot of stuff I want to do with my kids, family and friends," he said.

A benefit to help cover Grenier's medical bills will be held November 10th at the Castleton American Legion from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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