Ohio State Troopers are still investigating a multiple vehicle crash that occurred on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 18. This motor vehicle accident was somewhat unique, different from typical car crashes in that it was between a pickup truck and an Amish buggy. The incident claimed the life of the buggy’s passenger and resulted in the personal injury of its driver.
Both the buggy and the pickup truck were traveling northbound on State Route 58 at approximately 6:15 that Wednesday morning, according to reports. Investigators say that the pickup struck the rear driver’s side of the buggy despite the fact that the vehicle had all the proper markings. While the buggy’s destination is unclear, it was apparently traveling legally in the roadway when it was struck.
State troopers report that when the pickup rear-ended the buggy, both occupants of the buggy were thrown from it. The buggy’s 54-year-old driver was initially taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin, then later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center; most recent reports list his condition as stable. The 25-year-old male passenger of the buggy was killed.
Investigative reports seem to indicate that driver inattention was a factor in the accident. Pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation, troopers say that vehicular manslaughter charges may be forthcoming against the driver of the pickup truck. Anyone in Ohio who has suffered personal injury or lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence or apparent fault has the right to contact an attorney and explore options for legal recompense.
Source: fox8.com, “One killed in buggy vs. truck accident in Wellington“, Matt Wright, Jan. 18, 2017