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BUGGY
BUMPS,   BRUISES,
ACCIDENTS,  MISHAPS
&
HUMOROUS  STORIES

 

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Bumps, Bruises, Mishaps & Accident Details

Oct 1997
Iowa

 

A Mennonite family on their way to church in their buggy was hit from behind by a car.  The driver was charged with driving recklessly under the influence of alcohol. 
  • 7 year old Katie died
  • Ann suffered a serious knee injury - mother
  • 10-month old Ruth still suffers from vision complications and might never regain her eyesight
  • Also injured where John-father, Stephen-age 6, Luella-age 4, and Joseph-age 2

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Jan 1999
Ohio
A truck hit a buggy on a state highway.  The 47 year old woman who was riding in the buggy was critically hurt.  Her husband was treated at the hospital and released.

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Sept 1999
Ohio

Buggies that were left outside for the night were stolen and damaged.  Some buggies were found 30 miles away.  Shafts were broken and tops destroyed.

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Jun 1999
Ohio
A pickup truck doing 60 mph tried to overtake a buggy in a no-passing zone on a rural road.  The pickup hit the left rear wheel of the buggy.  The 80 year old buggy driver died a few days later.

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Oct 1997
Pennsylvania
Excepts from the PA State Police records
  • Accident happened at 3:30 PM on PA 641
  • A mustang exceeding the speed limited crested a hill and struck the rear of a two-wheeled horse cart
  • The cart carried 3 children on their way home from school
  • The 6 year old female was killed

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Sept 1999
Michigan
A buggy was hit from behind.  The 31 year old buggy driver was in critical condition.  His 34 year old wife died from a broken neck.  The vehicle driver said he did not see the buggy because of the sun.

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October 1999
Ohio
A pickup crested the hill at a high rate of speed and found a buggy on his side of the road.  He swerved to miss the buggy not noticing a buggy in the opposite lane.  He hit the buggy head on.  Two young girls where seriously injured.

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Nov 1999
Pennsylvania
A buggy stopped before turning.  As the driver looked back to check on traffic, the horse leaped into traffic landing on the hood of an oncoming car smashing the windshield.  The horse had minor injuries and the vehicle driver had minor cuts. The car was damaged and the buggy was demolished.

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Jan 2000
Missouri
A 44-year old Amish women, mother of 13, was killed at 10 am when a logging truck crashed into the buggy as the truck tried to pass. The driver of the truck did not stop.

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Jan 2000
Ohio
An Amish buggy driver was cited for improper passing. The buggy driver was trying to pass a slower buggy. The slower buggy was forced down an embankment and the horse was killed.

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Dec 1999
Delaware
A driver of the pickup truck collided with an Amish buggy on Christmas Eve and fled the scene. Two brothers were seriously injured and one 19 year is paralyzed. The sister broke her collarbone when she was thrown from the buggy. The driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

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HUMOR - Funny Buggy Happenings and
Horses Do The Funniest Things


While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. 
The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because
attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign...
"Energy efficient vehicle. Runs on oats and grass."

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A horse decided to run and while trying to hold him back, the hold back snap broke.  His flying feet hitting the buggy only made him go faster.  It took a 4 mile trip and a hill before the horse finally calmed down enough to get him stopped.

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An Amish man was in a store for approx. 15 minutes.   When he came out the horse and buggy was gone.  He thought someone was playing a trick on him.  Someone in the store drove him to see if they could find the buggy.  The horse and buggy had quite a trip before it was stopped.  The Amish man made another stop.  And when he came out, horse and buggy were gone again.   This time when the horse was caught, the Amish man decided to see what was going on.   He tied up the horse with a double slip knot.  The horse took the rope in her mouth pulling on it until she was loose again.  So the mystery of the disappearing horse and buggy was solved.

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A buggy traveling to wedding was almost at the stop light. As the driver pulled back the britching tore on the harness. The buggy hit the rear of the horse. You guessed it. The horse was off to the races. The horse made it through the stoplight and down the street leaving skid marks. He finally hit a car, then a bumper on a pickup truck. This caused a sudden stop throwing off the driver. The horse got loose and took off again making it down another street before it was caught. The horse was uninjured and the driver broke a wrist.

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Police were involved in a 2 mile low-speed pursuit early on a Sunday morning. The 17 year old Amish buggy driver was sound asleep and the horse was headed for the barn. The police used sirens, pounded on the side of the buggy, honked their horn and trotted along side the buggy. The driver did not wake up. The police were trying very hard to keep an accident from happening involving either the buggy driver or a unsuspecting automobile. The police finally parked their vehicle ahead of the buggy. The buggy hit one of the cruisers ejecting the unconscious driver. The buggy driver had passed out from drinking too much and only received minor scratches. The horse was uninjured.

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Two  men headed for town had 15-20 deer run in front of their horse and buggy.  One deer lost its footing and fell in front of the buggy.  The wheel went over the deer's neck.  The stunned deer got up and joined the rest of the deer.  This may be the first incident of a buggy hitting a deer (Michigan).

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Horse - A mass of nerve endings connected to a small brain

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Why did the Amish couple get divorced?  He was driving her Buggy!

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"A couple and child had some excitement while traveling via horse and buggy. The dad being scared of mice felt what he thought was a mouse climbing on his leg. Giving the lines a toss, he grabbed at the so called mouse and held on tight. The wife quickly grabbed the lines and the baby started crying. After going in circles with the horse and buggy in an open field, it was discovered that the so called mouse was none other than the baby's foot!".

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