Amish Buggy Accident Results in 2 Fatalities

    December 1, 2013

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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