Buggy Struck From Behind In Smyrna, Maine; One Killed

This happened Wednesday in the Smyrna, Maine community. Two young men were ejected from the buggy. One was killed; the second has critical injuries.

Image: Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office

“The crash is still under investigation, but it appears that speed was a factor,” said Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen. From the Bangor Daily News:

NEW LIMERICK, Maine — A 25-year-old Smyrna man was killed Wednesday evening when a vehicle struck the Amish horse and buggy he was driving.

A 30-year-old man from Merrill was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi Galant east on the County Road about 7:37 p.m. when he struck the buggy from behind as he came around a corner, Aroostook County Sheriff Shawn Gillen said. The operator of the horse and buggy, along with an 18-year-old Smyrna man who was a passenger, were both ejected, Gillen said.

The 25-year-old man died at the scene, while the 18-year-old was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Northern Light Health Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with critical injuries. The driver of the Mitsubishi was wearing his seatbelt and was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Names had not been released at the time this was posted, pending notification of next-of-kin. Smyrna, Maine’s oldest Amish settlement, is known to be one of the state’s “seeker-friendly” communities. So sad to see a young life snuffed out in an accident that was probably preventable.

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    2 Comments

    1. David Burry Plank

      Traffic accident.

      I’m very sorry this tragedy happened and pray Gods Grace will uplift you and keep you. Best wishes for a swift recovery..

    2. Geo

      mixed feelings

      I feel both sadness and fury learning about such accidents. While death comes to us all, suffering and young life cut short seem totally avoidable. My Amish friend recently had a similar accident that demolished his buggy and put him in the hospital. I hesitate to ask how he feels about it because I don’t want to judge. I’m curious to know how the Amish rationalize this among themselves or if they do so at all.