Paradise Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, became the scene of a serious collision between an Odyssey minivan and a runaway horse.
The accident occurred only moments after the horse, in the process of being hooked to a buggy, broke away from his Amish owner, taking off at a full gallop along Route 30.
State police said the driver did not see the horse running east in the same lane and struck the animal head-on, killing it, at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, September 1. They also said the force of the collision injured the four occupants and killed the horse at the scene. Before the Honda could be towed away, the body of the animal had to be extricated from the passenger side of the car.
The front seat passenger, Amanda Mattern, 37, sustained a serious head injury. She was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The driver, Brian Mattern, 41, and two other passengers, children ages 6 and 9, were also taken by emergency vehicle to the hospital with minor injuries.
According to state police, all of the occupants were buckled into seatbelts.
While police investigated the accident and cleaned up the scene, the road remained closed in both directions.
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