A young girl and her mother were injured on September 6 when an elderly driver of an SUV rearended their horse wagon. The crash occurred in the Middlebury, Indiana area on County Road 22, near County Road 31, as both the vehicle and the horse vehicle were heading north.
Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department explained that Janet Dabney of Goshen, aged 70, was driving her SUV toward Middlebury when she struck the horse vehicle as it headed the same way on County Road 22. According to Dabney, she did not see the cart because of glare from the sun.
The impact threw both Middlebury residents off the wagon. Linda Yoder, 29, and daughter Janell Yoder, 5, who had been aboard the wagon, were injured seriously. .Linda Yoder was promptly transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital with a head injury.
Janell Yoder was airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. During her transport, the Medflight helicopter made an emergency landing and young Yoder was expedited the remaining distance by ambulance to Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital. The condition of both Yoders has not been made public.
Dabney was not injured during the crash with the Amish wagon.
The horse got loose during the collision and wandered off a short distance. He had sustained a few cuts and abrasions.
The police issued no citations at the time of the accident.
Investigation into this incident between the SUV and the wagon is being conducted by the Crash Investigation Team of sheriff’s office.
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