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Man arrested for OVI after crash with Amish buggy; 2 adults, 5 children injured

SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after hitting a horse-drawn buggy carrying seven people in Ashland County Sunday night.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened at just after 7:30 p.m. on U.S. Route 224 near County Road 581.

Patrick A. Muscaro, 47, of West Salem, was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus east on U.S. Route 224 at the time. A 31-year-old Sullivan man was eastbound in a horse-drawn buggy along with his wife and five children.

Muscaro reportedly failed to maintain an assured clear distance ahead and hit the rear of the buggy. All seven buggy occupants were ejected from the buggy with various injuries. Muscaro was not hurt.

Several agencies responded to the scene. The father and two of the children involved were flown to Akron Children's Hospital with serious injuries.

The mother and remaining children were taken to a hospital in Ashland for their injuries.

Muscaro faces a charge for OVI and was taken to the Ashland Justice Facility.

The crash remains under investigation.