From the Akron Beacon Journal:

RIPLEY TWP. — Four children were seriously hurt Wednesday after a collision between an Amish pony cart and a vehicle.

The crash occurred around 11:10 a.m. on County Road 329 at Township Road 524, according to a news release by Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly.

Sheriff’s deputies say a 56-year-old Shreve man was westbound on County Road 329 in a 2007 Chevrolet pickup when he struck a pony cart that pulled into his lane from a private drive.

The operator of the pony cart was an 8-year-old Shreve girl, investigators said. She was transported from her residence by the Clinton Township Fire Department to Wooster Community Hospital and later flown to Akron Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

There were three other passengers in the cart at the time; all were thrown upon impact.

The children are ages 7-10. The driver was not cited and alcohol was not a factor. The story notes that “under Ohio law, the 8-year-old girl was legally operating the cart on the roadway.”

Sadly, an update to this story informs us that the 7-year-old, Eli Troyer Jr., died this morning at Akron Children’s Hospital. The remaining children, all with last name Troyer, remain in serious condition.

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