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Multiple children seriously injured, 1 dies in Holmes County pony cart crash

All four were ejected from the cart on impact.
File photo of an Amish Buggy crossing sign

HOLMES COUNTY, Ohio — The Holmes County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash between a motor vehicle and pony cart that left four children seriously injured, Wednesday morning. One of those children has since died, authorities said.

A 56-year-old man was driving west bound on CR 329 in a 2007 Chevy pickup truck when a pony cart pulled into his lane of travel from a private driveway. The crash occurred on CR 329 at the intersection on TR 524 in Ripley Township just after 11 a.m.

The pony cart was operated by an 8-year-old girl, with her siblings (ages 7, 8, and 10) all inside as passengers. All four children were ejected from the pony cart on impact.

A 10-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were flown from the scene to Akron Children's Hospital with serious injuries. The driver and her 8-year-old brother were transported to Wooster Community Hospital and later flown to Akron Children's Hospital, also with serious injures.

The pony pulling the cart broke free and ran home unharmed. No injuries to the truck driver were reported. 

Police say 7-year-old Eli Troyer Jr. passed away from his injuries at 3:55 a.m. Thursday at Akron Children's Hospital.

Several nearby agencies including Clinton Township EMS, Western Holmes Fire and EMS, Metro Life Flight, and Med Flight Helicopters responded to the scene to assist. 

The crash remains under investigation. Stay with 3News for updates as they become available.

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