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SUV runs into horse and buggy with 5 people on board

An accident between a SUV that was driving on the wrong side of the road and a horse and buggy has caused the hospitalization of five people and the citation of the driver in Pennsylvania. The accident happened at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 21.

According to the Pennsylvania state police, a 62-year-old male from New York was driving southbound on Marsh Creek Road in the rural town of Harrison Township in an SUV. As he approached and overtook a 1986 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 51-year-old man from Mills, he went into the opposite lane in an attempt to pass. It was there that he struck a horse and carriage being driven by a 52-year-old Amish man from Spring Run.

The impact was disastrous to both the carriage and the SUV, overturning both vehicles. Five people in the buggy were injured, including a 70-year-old man, a 69-year-old woman, a 62-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman and the driver. They all required hospital treatment for their injuries. The driver of the SUV was also hurt, but his minor injuries did not require treatment. The driver of the pickup truck was forced off the road in order to avoid the accident, but he managed to avoid injury. The police issued a citation to the SUV pilot for driving on the wrong side of the road. Reports from the authorities did not mention the whether the horse survived the accident.

In any accident such as this where a heavy automobile runs into a substantially less-protected non-motor vehicle, catastrophic injuries are a real possibility. It may be appropriate to seek the assistance of an attorney in order to file a personal injury suit against the responsible individual or people and gain appropriate compensation from them.

Source: Lancaster Online , "5 hospitalized in Amish buggy, SUV head-on crash", December 23, 2014

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