16 responses to Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash
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    Debbie H
    Comment on buggy accidents (October 30th, 2017 at 10:17)

    buggy accidents

    I saw this earlier on a news feed. It saddens me that young children were killed. I noticed on the news feed that the buggy did have reflectors and lights so even if it was early morning would be visible. I know the driver must be devastated by this as well. From the damage to the truck it looks as if he didn’t quite get over soon enough. Praying comfort for the family of these children.

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      Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (October 30th, 2017 at 18:31)

      Yes, it said 8:34 am is when the accident happened, not sure what early AM conditions are typically like in that part of the country this time of year, but you’d think it would be light by then. No mention of fog or other complicating weather conditions that I’ve seen.

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    Al Mortenson
    Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (October 30th, 2017 at 11:40)

    I’m sorry to learn of this tragic accident. I looked in GAMEO (Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online) in the entry “Old Order Mennonite Groffdale Conference” which is a horse and buggy group and it listed a church of that affiliation founded in 2009 at Vickeryville which is near Sheridan in Montcalm County.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Preventable tragedy? (October 30th, 2017 at 11:58)

    Preventable tragedy?

    My heart goes out to all involved in this awful accident, the girls, the injured, the families, the pickup driver & community at large. Maybe now, as the “local” man who was interviewed said, they’ll put up “horse & buggy” yield signs. I’m surprised signs weren’t already posted. Even though “church” for the Amish changes regularly (not sure about Mennonites in that area), there is just a limited distance you can reasonably travel with a horse & buggy. Signs would seem a no-brainer.

    Such a sad Sunday. They’re all in my prayers.

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (October 30th, 2017 at 13:24)

    this is a Mennonite community. the men in the video do not have beards and their hats are not in keeping with amish appreance.

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    Kevin Lindsey
    Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (October 30th, 2017 at 18:18)

    How very sad to hear and closer to home since it happened here on Michigan. My heart and prayers go out the victims and their families

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    Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (October 31st, 2017 at 12:33)

    These are definitely Mennonites, originally from Nappanee, Indiana. I found a listing for them in the 2007 Groffdale Conference Mennonite churches. The oldest child was born in 2003. I am sure my brother and sisters would know the grandparents of the children killed.

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    Comment on How can we help? (October 31st, 2017 at 22:36)

    How can we help?

    Erik, is there anything set up whereby we might be able to financially help these people? I don’t know if the Mennonites accept help from the outside, and thought it was worth it to ask. Am just thinking that medical and funeral costs for nine people will probably be astronomical.

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      Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (November 1st, 2017 at 09:43)

      I was going to ask if there is any way we can help in any way. Even just to send a card with condolences if they don’t typically accept help from outsiders.

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      Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (November 1st, 2017 at 11:49)

      I haven’t seen any info on that yet Nancy, but nice that you’re wondering, will share here if/when I do.

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      Comment on Benefit fund (November 3rd, 2017 at 07:49)

      Benefit fund

      Nancy, Al in KY passed this link on to me, on a benefit fund for the Paul and Judith Martin family, parents of the children:


      ‘Donations “For the Benefit of the Martin Family” are being collected at Chemical Bank, 110 E. Main Street, Stanton, MI 48888, according to Heath Jacoby, manager of the Stanton office. Donations for the family also can be brought to any Chemical Bank branch in Michigan Jacoby said.’

      The children’s funerals are being held this morning:



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    Ken Tibbetts
    Comment on Terrible Loss (November 2nd, 2017 at 08:36)

    Terrible Loss

    My condolences to the family of the three girls killed in that terrible crash. We all know whose fault it was because it was a rear-ender and from the looks of the totally demolished buggy, the young man driving the truck and its condition tells us that he was travelling at breakneck speed. The skid marks on the road should tell those investigating the crash that there was a distraction such as texting or some other similar task being performed while driving. To me a crime was committed and the driver who crashed into the buggy should be charged with one. However, the Amish, who are the epitome of Christian belief, have probably already forgiven him.

    The young man driving the truck should thank his lucky star that he didn’t rear-end an English family in their car; he’d be spending the rest of his life paying off a law suit.

    I must be forgiven for speaking my mind, but over the years I’ve heard of and seen the results of too many mindless crashes involving the Amish that it breaks my heart when I see things like this happen.

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    A. K. Edwards
    Comment on Martin Family Tragedy (November 3rd, 2017 at 20:28)

    Martin Family Tragedy

    It was so heartbreaking to learn of this horrific accident on our local Grand Rapids, Michigan newscast! I realize the man envolved surely didn’t purposely aim his truck but since he is from this area he should have been well aware of horse drawn buggies and I am quite upset that he did use more caution!!! As a mom and Gramma I can’t imagine having to cope with the loss of these dear children and the family having to have many days, months or years with their healing process……I can only send a check to help with some of the expenses and keep them all in my prayers and thoughts!!!

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    Comment on Three Children Killed In Michigan Buggy Crash (November 4th, 2017 at 07:51)

    Having signs posted won’t help at a time like this if this man was local. I am thinking he has been served his punishment already, if he wasn’t drinking. I tend to think drinkers will inhale more to drown the pain.
    Sometimes God picks out someone to carry out His plans. I can’t begin to imagine the grief of this family and friends. May God hold them in the comfort of His great LOVE.
    Yes, these were Old Order Mennonite, who are much like the Amish.

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