Roads are a dangerous place. Millions of heavy, fast, and inherently dangerous motor vehicles travel on our highways each and every day. Too often, drivers are distracted or in a rush, and they fail to operate their vehicles with the level of care that is expected and required of them. That is when accidents occur. Motor vehicle accident victims suffer from a number of life-changing injuries, including broken bones, paralysis, and even wrongful death. Innocent victims should not have to pay for the mistakes of other drivers.
A young father and his six-month old baby were killed early Saturday morning in a horse and buggy-truck accident. The 21-year-old Amish man was traveling with his wife and child by horse and buggy on State Highway 64 in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. There is a strong Amish community in the county. Sadly, this is not the first horse and buggy accident to shake the small community.
The accident occurred just before 7:00 AM Saturday morning. A 66-year-old man rear-ended his 2006 Dodge 2500 truck into the horse drawn buggy. The impact threw all three family members from the buggy. The 21-year-old father and 6-month-old infant were pronounced dead at the scene. The 21-year-old mother was flown by air ambulance to a regional hospital and is expected to recover from her extensive injuries.
WQOW News reports that police are still investigating the tragic crash, although alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Sadly, this is not the first crash between a buggy and motor vehicle.