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19-year-old reportedly in coma after injury at Monroe County Fair

Aaron Bernstein

A 19-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday after he was injured at the Monroe County Fair.\nVan Buren Township Fire Chief Tim Deckard said the man was unconscious with a head injury when emergency personnel arrived and appeared to have been trampled by a steer he was leading out of a barn at around 2:15 p.m., Wednesday.\n“We were the first ones on the scene,” Deckard said. “He was unconscious, and you could tell he was suffering from a head injury.”\nBut Jeff Holland, the county 4-H director, said Thursday that witnesses had said the teen slipped and fell and that the steer was not involved.\n“To be honest, I was not there; I didn’t witness it,” he said.\nThe man was not participating in a fair event at the time of the accident, officials said.\nFair board officials told fire officials late Wednesday that the man had been placed in a drug-induced comamd, Deckard said.\nThe teen’s family declined to comment on the accident or provide any information regarding his condition.

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