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Six thrown from Amish buggy in accident involving box truck

Posted at 10:15 PM, Jul 12, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a serious injury crash involving an Amish buggy and a box truck in Ashland County.

Troopers said the crash happened around 6:43 p.m. on US 224 east of State Route 89.

An Amish buggy was going eastbound on US 224 as a 2016 GMC 4500 box truck was also going eastbound on US 224. The driver of the box truck looked down to retrieve a GPS device and rear-ended the buggy, according to troopers.

The crash caused six people to be ejected from the buggy, according to authorities. Troopers said a 25-year-old was taken to Lodi Hospital in an ambulance with serious injuries. They also said a 22-year-old, a 19-year-old and two juveniles were taken by ambulance to Ashland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the buggy was treated by paramedics at the crash scene for minor injuries, according to officials.

Authorities said the occupants of the buggy did not have restraining devices on. The buggy was equipped with reflective markings on the back, according to officials.

Troopers said the driver of the box truck was not injured.

Alcohol and drugs are not a contributing factor in the crash, troopers said. Authorities are still investigating.