On Dec. 1 the writer reported on a fatal accident that occurred between a semi-truck and an Amish horse-drawn buggy on Saturday, Nov. 30. At the time of that writing, the news had only been published for a matter of hours and no names and particulars were yet available. Since then, state police have released additional information about the accident.
Based on information now stated by police, Mary Byler, 34, and her 11-year-old daughter, name still withheld, died in the Saturday collision.
William Byler, 35-year-old husband, sustained serious injuries. As previously reported, he was flown by air ambulance to St Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
The collision between the truck and the buggy happened Saturday afternoon 60 miles or so northwest of Pittsburgh. There were two occupants in the truck neither of which was injured, according to the information available to date. The truck was not hauling a trailer at the time of the accident. It was driven by 36-year-old Matthew Coulter of Pulaski.
Mercer County Coroner Brad McGonigle pronounced the mother and daughter victims deceased at the scene. Both died of blunt force trauma.
State Police continue their investigation. As of this second writing, there is still no information on the horse or even if it lived.
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