The Amish buggy accident on Saturday during sunset involved a big rig that crashed full speed into an Amish buggy destroying everything and killing an 11-year-old girl and her 34-year-old mother. The girl's adult brother is fighting for his life in a hospital. Following the Amish buggy accident, the big rig driver tried to stop as soon as he could but it was too late, said state police according to a WTAE report on Dec. 1, 2013. The Amish buggy was completely destroyed in the accident.
In order to determine whether the big rig driver will face charges for the Amish buggy accident, state police are trying to recreate the scene of the accident that occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday on Pulaski-Mercer Road near Angel Road in Wilmington Township, just north of New Castle in Pennsylvania.Witnesses report that the big rig driver might have been blinded by the setting sun and might not have been able to see the Amish buggy.
At the time of the accident, the 11-year-old Amish girl, her mother, and her adult brother were riding in the Amish buggy. The big rig, a semi- truck without a trailer hooked to it, struck the Amish buggy in the back in full speed.
Upon impact, the Amish buggy was pushed with force down the road for several yards. During the accident, the horse that was pulling the Amish buggy was tossed into a ditch. The injuries sustained by the impact of the big rig during the accident were so severe that the horse could not be saved and authorities had to put it down.
While his mother and sister were killed, the adult son riding in the Amish buggy sustained major injuries. He was flown to a hospital and is in critical condition. According to the Mercer County Coroner Brad McGonigle, the little girl and her mother died of blunt force trauma.
The Amish buggy had no chance against a big rig going at full speed and was torn into pieces in the accident. According to state officials, there was nothing left of it but scraps of wood, cloth, and metal wheels.