An Amish woman and three children thrown from a buggy hit by a truck this afternoon were taken by helicopter to regional trauma centers. The accident occurred on Path Valley Road in Fannett Township, according to early eye-witness reports.
The crash happened at about 4:10 p.m. Friday, according to South-Central PA First Alert.
Witnesses have said that the buggy was reduced to a pile of wood on the road and suggested that the vehicle may have been going at a high rate of speed.
Four helicopters responded including Life Lion 3, two from Geisinger LifeFlight and STAT Medevac 11.
More information on this accident will be posted as it is received, but as of 8PM it is reported that the section of Route 75 at Path Valley Road is still closed with traffic being redirected.
Horse and buggy accident data
There isn’t very recent data on crashes that involve horse drawn buggies, but according to PennDOT, there were twenty-three fatalities from 2007 to 2016. Almost half of those were in Franklin County. More often than not, those operating the horse and buggy vehicles are not at fault for the accident.
According to data, distracted driving claimed 2,142 lives in 2019. It is not implied that this is the case in this accident, but a distracted driver is more likely to be involved in an accident with these vehicles because they are going at a much slower rate of speed.
A report by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said, “Drivers should slow down immediately when seeing a slow-moving vehicle to provide a cushion of safety. It only takes seconds for a fast-moving motor vehicle to reach a buggy or tractor that is moving at 5 to 10 miles an hour. In addition, motorists should avoid distracted driving, focus their attention on the road, and be aware of their surroundings.”
Photo credit to Patricia Wolff.