Man dies in horse accident at fairgrounds

A man was killed in a horse accident at the Island County Fairgrounds today.

According to Wendy Moffatt, division chief of South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the man was either “kicked or stepped on” and died of his injures. The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Moffatt said the accident occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. between the arena and the campgrounds. The man was inside a horse trailer at the time.

“I’m not sure if he was loading or unloading the horses,” she said.

A single witness of the accident called 9-1-1 and first responders arrived to find the man unconscious and not breathing. Paramedics and fire personnel performed CPR for about 30 minutes but the man could not be revived, Moffatt said.