Four Amish children suffered injuries and their horse was killed in the collision between a car and a horse-drawn buggy. The accident occurred on Route 2 in Maine near Island Falls, and was reported in the St. John Valley Times on May 13.
Maine State Police Troop F responded to the scene. While the accident remains under investigation, State Police released some basic information in a press release. Apparently, 62-year-old Stephen Porter of Sherman was operating his 2003 Volkswagen station wagon heading west on Route 2 at the same time the horse-drawn buggy entered into the road, pulling directly into his path.
Porter was just driving past Daniel Miller’s property in the local Amish community as four of Miller’s children entered the road. The children had not paused to check for passing cars as they came onto the road from behind a heavily-wooded tree line. They had been moving wood by horse and buggy.
Based on the police report, Porter was unable to see the horse-drawn vehicle and the children. He hit them, causing the death of the horse at the scene, sending the buggy into the air, and ejecting the four children.
The Miller children, aged 9, 8, 7 and 5, were taken by Island Falls ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital for medical treatment. Their injuries were not life threatening, and they were treated and released.
Porter, who was wearing his seatbelt, did not suffer any injuries.
Island Falls Fire Department and medical team responded to the emergency call along with the Maine State Police. Sergeant Chadwick Fuller and Trooper Dennis Quint are continuing with the accident investigation.
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