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Amish driver and horse injured in collision with pickup truck

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In an all-too-frequent occurrence, a man driving a buggy pulled by a horse was struck and injured on Sunday morning. It happened on North Van Dyke Road, which is north of Bay City Forestville Road. Both the Amish driver and his horse were injured in the accident on Dec. 8.

Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office was called and a couple of deputies were dispatched to the scene of the accident at 8:07 a.m. Apparently, a Dodge pickup truck was headed in a northerly direction on Van Dyke Road. Fifty-year-old driver, Michael Leavine of Port Austin, was behind the wheel of the pickup. Leavine says he did not see the buggy on the road until it was too late to avoid hitting it.

The pickup truck slammed into the horse-drawn buggy from the rear and injured the buggy’s driver, Harvey Kempf, 44, of Ubly.

Both Kempf and his horse were injured. Kempf was placed into an ambulance and was taken to the Huron Medical Center for treatment. His injuries proved non-life threatening and Kempf was late released.

The Amish buggy was a total loss. The injured horse was taken to a neighbor’s house for treatment of the animal’s injuries.

Assisting the Sanilac County deputies were Cass City MMR Ambulance, Cass City Fire and Cass City Police Departments.

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