An Amish buggy accident resulted in an 11-year-old child and her mother being killed in a buggy crash after being struck by a speeding truck. It is known that the truck driver called 911 after hitting them, and though not all details have been revealed at this time, the severe impact left even the horse drawing the buggy in such detrimental condition that it was put down, WebProNews shares this Sunday, Dec. 1.
The Amish buggy accident this weekend left an Amish mother as well as her young daughter dead following a truck slamming into their horse-drawn carriage in Pennsylvania, early Saturday evening. The fatal crash took place not far from the widely used intersection of Angel Road.
A medical examiner for Mercer County confirmed that both Mary and the 11-year-old child were killed at the scene of the crime, leaving one sole survivor, 35-year-old William Byler and Mary’s son. The adult is believed to have been driving the buggy when a speeding truck collided into them, crashing them off the road. He is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
While the circumstances surrounding the Amish buggy accident remain hazy at this time, it is believed that the truck driver called emergency officials soon after impact. The horse who was drawing the carriage was soon euthanized, notes the press release, as its injuries were too severe to save the poor animal.
The truck driver, 36-year-old Matthew Coulter, is now in police custody. According to his story, he was driving his truck behind the buggy along the road when he accidentally struck the carriage. It is thought he was speeding at the time, but at this time there is no news as to whether charges have been filed against Coulter, and accident reconstruction techniques are being used as part of an official investigation in the tragic case.
Twitter has also erupted this week over the crash, with many users of the popular social media site helping the hit-and-run story of the Amish buggy accident go viral. Some of the sad messages highlight prayers for the Amish mother and her child, as well as the senselessness of the act.
“#Amishbuggyaccident A sad day for Pennsylvania …”
“We live in a weird state … Prayers to the family and victims #Amishbuggycrash”