Family Seriously Injured in Amish Buggy Crash

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HOMER TWP., Ohio — A serious crash that ejected a family of three from an Amish buggy on Tuesday is under investigation.

According to the Medina post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a pickup truck traveling north on SR 301 in Homer Twp. struck the back of the buggy and pushed it off the road around 9:10 p.m.

Joseph Swartzentruber, 25, of Spencer, Ohio was driving the buggy.

His wife, Katie Swartzentruber, 23, and his daughter, Lizzie Swartzentruber, 2, were the passengers.

The driver of the pickup was not hurt in the crash but the adults in the buggy were taken to Akron General Hospital.

On Tuesday, both were listed in critical condition.

Lizzie Swartzentruber was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital where she remained in the Intensive Care Unit a day after the accident.

The hospital declined a request for an update on her condition.

The buggy involved in the accident was extensively damaged and the horse pulling it had to be put down because of its injuries.

The pickup truck was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol determined that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but charges are pending upon review by the Medina County prosecutor’s office.

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