All buggy accidents which lead to loss of life are tragic, but this one particularly so. An Amish buggy was rear-ended Wednesday afternoon by the driver of a pickup truck in upstate New York. Two very young Amish children died as a result. From WWNY:
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Barnett calls Wednesday’s fatal crash between an Amish buggy and a pickup truck one of the worst.
“Very tragic. There was a one-year-old that was deceased at the scene, and three-year-old later deceased at Samaritan Medical Center,” he said.
The sheriff says as of Thursday night no charges have been pressed against 26-year-old Charlene Kring of LaFargeville. She was the driver of the pickup truck. Given the circumstances of the crash, the sheriff says that part will be challenging.
“The investigation is continuing. We will put an investigation together and it will be determined at a later date if any charges will be levied. We don’t know at this time,” he said.
There were two adults and four children riding in the buggy at the time of the crash.
Officials identify them as the Slabaugh family. Two parents and their four boys ages 4 and under.
A 1-year-old and 3-year-old died. The other family members, the parents, a 4-year-old, and an infant are in the hospital.
The pickup truck driver wasn’t hurt.
“It was one of the most tragic accidents that we have seen,” said Barnett.
The community is in the area of LaFargeville and is three church districts in size. A previous mishap with a much happier outcome occurred in this area when a horse got loose and ran through the town of Watertown in March. Here is the media release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office:
And here is one of the accident photos that has been publicized. You hate to imagine what that family went through in those horrible moments and are still going through in the aftermath. On the other hand I think such images may have the best chance of getting through to people that these buggies are like matchsticks when meeting a motor vehicle at high speed. I’m not holding my breath on that one, but for what it’s worth.
Reader Michelle asks for prayers for this family, who lives quite near her. I’ll also take the opportunity to repost this list of driving tips.