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Amish Buggy Accident Results in 2 Fatalities

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An Amish mother and her 11-year-old daughter were killed when a truck hit the back of their horse-drawn buggy in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, around 4:20 p.m. on Saturday. The accident occurred on Pulaski Mercer Road, close to the intersection of Angel Road, where Mary and her daughter were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Brad McGonigle, who is the coroner for Mercer County. Mary’s adult son (35-year-old William Byler) was the driver of the buggy. When officials arrived, Byler was taken to Saint Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. A spokesperson for the hospital said that Byler remains in critical condition. The horse pulling the buggy was so severely injured from the accident that officials had to euthanize the animal.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, William Byler was directing the buggy along the road when a truck driven by 36-year-old Matthew Coulter ran into the back of the moving buggy. Coulter then called 911 to alert officials. The Pennsylvania State Police are presently in the middle of an investigation utilizing techniques such as accident reconstruction, and have not released additional details at this time. Present reports have not revealed whether any charges will be filed.

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Amish Buggy Accident Results in 2 Fatalities
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  • John

    I had hoped to learn more about this story from your article. Instead I see a twitter message asking if anyone has any updates on the story. Hope all these ads made you money because I won’t be visiting this worthless site again

    • http://yahoo dianrib

      IF sun is in your eyes !! SLOW DOWN SAVE LIVES

  • James Bond

    I think they should just send in 50 men a gunnin and get them all done with cya chaps

    • Semihermit

      Please explain in English, just what the f–k you are trying to say, a$$h0le!!

      • Magnus Diridian

        He said they should go in and kill all the amish so that it doesn’t happen again.

        He may be an asshole, but you are an idiot for not understanding this.

        • Elaine

          I must be an idiot also because I did not understand it either, or you must be an idiot for understanding it.

          • sharon

            anyone who speaks english would not understand what you attempted to write.

  • Charles Bill L.

    I first encountered an Amish Buggy in Sugar Creek Ohio.I was entering the city on a curve when the next thing I knew there was this horse drawn buggy just in front of me so I had to hit my brakes fast to keep from hitting him.I noticed that sugar creek had many of those buggys.

    • R

      And all those signs on the road,the ones of horses pulling buggies?
      And the knowledge that it was Amish country?
      yep,it’s their fault.
      You’re perfect.

    • Steve clapper

      i had the same thing happen to me in Iowa.

  • http://yahoo Sunshine

    Thank You John you took the words right out of my mouth,not much of a story here.

  • Misty Christie

    This story is so sad. But that is the way of life chosen by the Amish, which should be respected NOT RESTRICTED. They have the right to go wherever they choose, even if it means to be on a public highway. I have seen the Amish vehicles on the road and they are usually carefully marked, but a tractor trailer does not have the ability to move out of the way fast to prevent what did happen–just a very unfortunate accident. Condolences to the families and hopefully the man will survive.

  • Gilberto

    Unfortunately, these Amish buggys driving at or near sundown, are accidents waiting to happen. I was driving west in Indiana, going downhill, with the sunset in my eyes, and I saw this red dot on the side of the road. It appeared to be moving very slowly. Didn’t know if it was a bicycle or a motorcycle. When I got within 20 feet of it I could barely make out the outlines of a carriage, which was half on the road, and half off the road. I know they don’t want metal or flashing lights on their carriage, but they need something bright and flashing if they want to live. Either that, or don’t travel at night or at dusk.

    • cyberkats@yahoo.com

      Either that or drivers of cars need to be aware they’re in Amish buggy country and keep that in mind when going around curves or driving into the sun.

      I grew up in Amish country and learned to drive there. Drivers in general need to be paying attention, not checking cell phones, driving with earbuds in both ears, doing their makeup, etc.

      • http://yahoo joanstreetman

        yes when in Amish country there are plenty of signs telling one to watch out for buggies.

        • olephart72

          & HORSES, CATTLE, PIGS, SHEEP, PEOPLE ON FOOT, TRACTORS, SENIORS, THINGS!
          DRIVE WITH EYES & BRAINS!…. NOT TEXTING OR YACKING WITH PASSENGER!

    • jane

      You can all stop speeding! That will stop these accidents!

  • chuck

    I think u are gonna find out there was some drinking involved in this accident.. or drugs.. its sad and tragic… however its a amish town and u r supposto be in control of your vehicle at all times..

    • MIckey

      not all truck drivers use drugs. cant remember the layout of the road but it is dangerous many years I almost got creamed on that road in the winter. I was in a F250

  • Sherry Reynolds

    I have been in Amish Country and believe that people should be aware of these people just as you would a bike rider. Such a sad story of this family.

  • m. Plaetzer

    It is sad for that family to have such a loss of life. I don’t know how fast the driver was going but it couldn’t been very slow as the son is in critical condition and even the poor horse was so badly hurt they had to put it down too. the family has my deepest sympathy.

  • Clare

    I used to live in Amish country. Wonderful, hard working and religious people. I am so sorry that this happened. It was avoidable!! You can see the buggies coming or going a long way ahead. They do have the SLOW MOVING sign on the back of the buggy now. SLOW DOWN AND OBSERVE.

  • Glenn Reinhardt

    we have a buggy and standardbred gelding. sport is 30 years old now and retired, but when we used to go out on our back roads we found most people courteous and slowed down. others couldn’t care less and would sail around us. we had a good horse, bought from an amish family. people need to be aware of them and realize other people are on the road. wish it hadn’t happened.

  • Kwame

    I guess Lebanon Levi whacked another one again.

  • http://Yahoo Suzette

    I’m very saddened by this accident. It is needless to say carelessness
    on the part of the truck driver. If your driving in Amish towns you know there could be people driving somewhere with horse and buggy’s.
    Maybe they need to be off the roads before dark or dusk to prevent this from happening, but whatever it takes, please do something.

    • olephart72

      XCUZ ME???? …. ARTICLE STATED IT WAS GOING INTO SUN DOWN!
      NO LIGHTS REQUIRED @ THE TIME!
      DRIVER DID NOT HAVE VEHICLE UNDER CONTROL OR THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED!
      end-0-story-&-life because of stiupidity
      .

      • sharon

        just a question olephart72 , how did you know he lost control. article did not mention that. sun could have been in his eyes.

  • nad

    it’s all about attitudes!

  • Martha Martin

    Ever since the advent of cars horses have had the right-of-way. Horses first, pedestrians second, bicycles third, motorized vehicles last. This is true for multi-use roads.

    The truck driver should have been aware that he was in Amish country.

    • Martha Martin

      And the speed limit 50 feet from any livestock is 15 mph.

  • Darrel

    If the setting sun was in his eyes, then he was traveling too fast for conditions.

  • Mick

    So what was the truck driver effing blind or something?? Any A-hole living in that area knows horse and buggies share the roads up there. The truck driver just murdered 2 people a horse and critically injured a person.

  • neilbauman

    Occasionally stupid will meet stupid. Religion should not give one a right to be completely ignorant such as driving this silly slow moving vehicle on a public highway and an occasional careless truck driver will blunder along. Again stupid met stupid. It will happen.

  • Mick

    So what was the truck driver effing blind or something?? Any A-hole living in that area knows horse and buggies share the roads up there. The truck driver just murdered 2 people a horse and critically injured a person.

  • Judith E. Avery

    A truck driver should be aware of the area in which he is driving! Also this wasn’t a close call,it wasn’t just a hit. It was a full-on smash into a rather flimsy buggy! I’m willing to bet that this guy was going full tilt boogie when he hit! Charges are coming,and this person is going to have this on his” LIFE ACCOUNT” FORWEVER!

  • Dwayne

    The show “Amish Mafia” follows a Byler family in Pennsylvania.

  • Ernie

    It’s a sad day and my heart goes out to the families. I hope Lebanon Levi and the rest of the amish mafia take pity on the driver of the vehicle.

  • Lou Gots

    This wasn’t a buggy accident, it was a truck accident, caused by a motor vehicle going too fast for conditions and being unable to stop in the assured clear distance. You don’t go around a curve or over a rise trusting in the fool’s hope that there is not a stopped or slow-moving vehicle, person or animal ahead.

    Investigtion pending. From here it looks like charges of Homicide by Vehicle, two counts, are appropriate. Prison time won’t bring the victims back, but it serves to remind the community of our duty to other users of the highway.

  • NONO

    STAY OFF THE DAMN ROAD. IF I DRIVE TOO SLOW I GET TICKET FOR IMPEDING TRAFFIC. IF YOU WANT TO DRIVE ON A RD, MAKEIT YOUR SELF. GOOD RIDANCE

  • Marlys

    My heart goes out to this family. Prayers to this family…

  • who knew

    My condolences to the family of those killed and my sympathy to the truck driver. Having traveled through Amish Country, and having been a truck driver, I see alot of hate and blame comments on here. I’m sure the driver did not intentionally hit the Buggy. I was a Tractor -trailer driving instructor for many years, and I don’t think alot of you realize just how hard it is to stop a 80,000 pound vehicle at 20 miles per hr, much less 45 miles per hr. no matter how many signs are posted…I’m sure many of you have topped a hill in your personal vehicle, and found a slow moving vehicle in front of you either stopped or moving slowly, only to have “hit the ditch” to avoid a rear end collision, and thanked God you didnt hit that vehicle. So, my advice, THINK before you JUDGE….

    • olephart72

      XCUZ MR SIR “TRUCK-DRIVER”???? ….. THIS TWITT WAS “BOB~TAILING”> NO TRAILER ATTACHED!
      RULE OF THUMB WHEN BOB TAILING? …. NOCK 20MPH off yer speed = NO WEIGHT ON DRIVERS DUHHH>

  • marie kelley

    It is so sad that this could happen to this mother & her child!! Why do people hate the Amish–they mind their business & they are extremely nice. People should give these people their space & let them live as God has called them to do. Please pray for the family that has lost their loved ones, pray that God will comfort their hearts in their time of grief!! Also, please pray that no one else will be killed!!

  • olephart72

    1- law says “YOU~ARE~TO~HAVE~YOUR~VEHICLE~UNDER~CONTROL”?????
    2~ OBVIOUSLY THIS IDIOT “wannbe-cantbe” TRUCK DRIVER “D I D N T”!!!!
    3~ woulda been the same scenario if it had been a FARM-TRACTOR running
    15 MPH!
    4~ or SOME POOR SENIOR CITIZEN OUT FOR A DRIVE IN NO HURRY!
    5~ THIS IDIOT WAS GONNA KILL SOMEBODY SOONER or LATER, yup.

  • Janet

    If you all would get off your phones, and out of your selves, and look at the road signs, you would see that there are “share the road with buggy” signs in areas that the horse and buggies are present. Just like motorcycles, bike and joggers, the buggies have a right to the road too.
    No matter who these people are or what they drive, if you rear end the vehicle in front of you you were not paying attention to what you are suppose to while driving on any road.

  • JMinsh

    It’s so pathetic that twitter comments are being posted as though they are actually a legitimate news source!!! What are these editors thinking???

  • joy

    This is so sad. Such a peaceful way of life and people. I do not pray much at all these days but I will pray that this family is able to have the peace they need now to get through this.

  • http://Yahoo Bob

    Grew up in Amish area. But my government requires brake lights, running lights, turn signals and headlights. Not to mention Seat Belts! They have candles. One to be precise. Not knocking their religion but get with the program. Pa will prosecute truck driver and he will most likely do time and lose job forever. Lights aren’t the gateway to hell.

  • Benita Pekel

    the buggies are very hard to see at dawn and in bright sunlight they need to ride off the road we pay license plate fees for the roads it is very sad that this happened but I can understand how it did everyone I know here has had close calls one family was killed going down a hill when a truck hit them how are we supposed to know they are there? guess? If speed limit is 55 that is what it is

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