2 Dead, 1 Injured After Semi Collides With Amish Buggy

The state of Pennsylvania has a large population of Amish living within its borders. In fact, Pennsylvania is the state with the second largest population of Amish, just behind Ohio. Because we often share the road with the Amish who are in their horse-drawn buggies, it is important to remember to take into consideration the fact that they travel at a much slower speed than motorized vehicles. This can be problematic when an automobile driver is not paying attention and comes up too fast on a buggy and cannot stop in time.

This was apparently the case for highway accident that occurred recently when a semi-truck rear-ended an Amish buggy in Mercer County. Authorities are still investigating the accident, and charges may be coming for the 36-year-old driver of the truck.

The accident occurred on Pulaski Mercer Road at around 4:20 p.m. The impact was so great that a 34-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter who were riding in the buggy died on the scene from blunt force trauma. The buggy’s 35-year-old driver was airlifted to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Because of the serious nature of his injuries, the horse that was pulling the buggy had to be euthanized.

Although not all of the details are known about this accident, it most likely could have been avoided. Those involved may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney in order to protect their interests and ensure that they receive proper compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and funeral expenses.

Source: International Business Times, “Deadly Amish Buggy Accident In Pennsylvania Kills 2,” Phillip Ross, Dec. 1, 2013