Amish buggy accident: 11-year-old girl, mom, horse die in Amish buggy accident
December 1, 2013
The Amish buggy accident in Wilmington Township in Pennsylvania has taken the life of a mother, her daughter, and the horse that pulled the Amish buggy during the accident. The third person riding in the Amish buggy at the time of the accident was also injured and was flown to a hospital by a medical helicopter. “State police said he was last reported to be in critical condition,” reported WTAE on Dec. 1, 2013.
The Amish buggy accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday on Pulaski-Mercer Road near Angel Road in Wilmington Township, just north of New Castle.
At the time of the accident, the 11-year-old girl, her mother, and her brother were riding in the Amish buggy when a semi- truck, operated by 36-year-old Matthew Coulter of Pulaski, Lawrence County, struck the rear of the Amish buggy in full speed.
The Amish buggy was pushed dozens of feet down the road while the driver of the semi-truck tried to come to a stop.The Amish buggy was torn apart by the big rig and after the accident, there was nothing left of it but scraps of wood, cloth, and metal wheels.
The 11-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, and her mother, 34-year-old Mary Byler of New Wilmington, were pronounced dead at the scene by Mercer County Coroner Brad McGonigle. According to the coroner, the girl and her mother died of blunt force trauma.
Some reports say that the third person involved in the Amish buggy accident was the 11-year-old girl’s father, 35-year-old William Byler. He was seriously injured and flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. However, WTAE reports that it was in fact the adult son of the family, not the father, who was seriously injured and flown to the hospital.
The horse that was pulling the Amish buggy during the accident was tossed into a ditch and officers were forced to put the horse down because of its injuries.
According to neighbors, the Amish buggy accident might have been caused by the setting sun which blinded the driver of the semi-truck. State police are recreating the scene of the Amish buggy accident in order to determine if the driver of the semi-truck will face any charges.