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Medina County: Truck hits Amish buggy, three flown to hospitals

9:34 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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HOMERVILLE, Ohio -- An Amish family of three is in the hospital after a pickup truck hit their buggy on State Route 301 in Homerville shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The buggy was headed north on S.R. 301, near the Black River School Road intersection, when a Ford F-150 pickup truck struck it from behind, pushing it off the east side of the road, Ohio Highway Patrol troopers said.

All three people were thrown from the buggy.

The driver, Joseph Swartzentruber, 25, of Spencer, and his wife Katie Swartzentruber, 23, were both flown to Akron General Hospital and are currently listed in critical condition.

Their daughter Lizzie, 2, was taken to Akron Children's Hospital with serious injuries. She is in the intensive care unit, hospital officials said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Justin Frey, 28, of Cleveland, was not injured in the crash.

There were no noticeable skid marks from the truck attempting to slow down, witnesses said.

The horse pulling the buggy had to be euthanized, troopers said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash, but charges are pending, following a review of the case by the Medina County Prosecutor's Office.

There are approximately 120 buggy accidents per year in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation


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