(TheConservativeTimes.org) – An Amish woman and a horse were killed, and another man was injured when a semi-truck crashed into their horse-drawn buggy just beyond Darlington, Wisconsin.
Law enforcement and medical personnel were dispatched to Highway 81 at about 3:00 a.m. Monday morning, June 19, after the crash was reported. According to authorities, two Amish siblings were traveling east on the highway when they were suddenly rear-ended. A 39-year-old man from Oklahoma drove the truck that struck the buggy.
Both siblings were thrown out of the vehicle upon impact. A 30-year-old man was taken to the hospital in Lafayette County before being flown to the University Hospital at the University of Wisconsin. The woman, Fannie King, 19, was found dead at the scene.
Lafayette County Sheriff Reg Gill said that the incidents are not uncommon and that the County, which has a large Amish community, occasionally sees these types of accidents.
According to the sheriff, the siblings were believed to be returning from a celebration where the adults and children have separate parties.
Wisconsin law mandates those who drive horse-drawn buggies have two red lights on the back, two yellow strobe lights, and an emblem saying that the vehicle is “slow-moving,” on the back of the buggy, Blaze Media noted.
A similar buggy crash in 2019 that killed two Amish children in Michigan has already raised questions about the safety of horse-drawn vehicles on the road, according to WoodTV.
The crash killed 11-year-old Rachel Miller, who was driving the buggy, and her 7-year-old brother Samuel. The collision occurred when the horse pulled the wagon into the path of a moving car in an intersection.
The tragedy is said to have occurred when both children were riding to school alone for the first time, which was two miles away from their home.
According to WoodTV, Michigan has the fastest-growing Amish population in the United States, with an estimated 16,000 Amish people. The crash has prompted Michigan lawmakers to propose buggy safety laws to better protect Amish people and other drivers on the road.
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