I share this news because a picture is worth a thousand words. And there are two “good” images of this bad accident.

Bad, but not as bad as it could have been.

A distracted driver hit a buggy in upstate New York on Wednesday, reports country radio station Big Frog 104 (as an aside, great name for a radio station).

The location is Franklin County, NY, on the Canadian border. The county contains several small Amish communities.

There are not a lot of details of the accident other than “The driver of the car was not paying attention and ran into the buggy.” We don’t know the source of the distraction, but we can guess.

The impact was strong enough to remove two wheels from the buggy, as you can see in this photo:

On the bright side, the occupants of the buggy, which included two children, fortunately only had minor injuries. The horse had just a minor injury as well. Here is another shot of the demolished buggy, with an emergency response vehicle:

This brings to mind the accident on Prince Edward Island in 2019, in which a buggy was absolutely obliterated – making the buggy in this case appear lightly damaged by comparison. In that case, the driver amazingly walked away uninjured. Someone smiled on him that day.

I think it is good that news outlets publish these photos when possible. They remind us better than any words can do of the relatively flimsy nature of buggies, and how unprotected our fellow Amish citizens are as they travel country roads by their traditional form of transport.

While opinions and experiences vary, I believe that having Amish neighbors is on balance a plus for communities. More people seem to appreciate having the Amish as neighbors than those that don’t.

Part of being good neighbors is slowing down and practicing both patience and attention on the road – as impatience and inattention are two of the biggest contributing factors in car-buggy wrecks.

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