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Horse-drawn buggy accident ends up taking life of one year old

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An accident involving a horse-drawn buggy took the life of a one-year-old Indiana child. The baby girl, named Katie Fisher, died Friday Dec. 27 from injuries suffered in the accident at Dayton Children’s Hospital, according to the Palladium-Item.

The accident occurred on Thursday evening on Round Barn Road in Wayne County, after the family returned home. Jacob Fisher, the father of little Katie, was unhooking the horse from the buggy in which wife Ruth and daughters Katie and 2-month-old Annie were still sitting. The horse suddenly spooked and bolted.

The horse got away from Fisher before he had the animal completely unhooked, taking the buggy and occupants with him. The buggy overturned and dumped out the three passengers, injuring the two babies. Katie sustained serious head and internal injuries and was unresponsive at the scene. Her infant sister received minor injuries.

Indiana state trooper Bryan Rumple and first responders administered what emergency aid they could. Assistance came from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Rural/Metro Ambulance and the Williamsburg and Fountain City Fire Departments. A CareFlight was called in to take Katie to Dayton Children’s Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Annie was transported to Reid Hospital and then moved to Dayton. She is in good condition. Both parents are fine.

The investigation remains ongoing by officials.

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