Seven people injured in accident involving animal-drawn buggy in Elkhart

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. – An accident involving two cars and a animal-drawn buggy injures seven people at the intersection of County Road 15 North and State Road 119 in Elkhart County, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

Dispatch received a call at 12:07 p.m. on Sunday.

A 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan was traveling north of CR 15, north of the intersection of SR 119, to pass an animal-drawn buggy. As the Dodge was passing the buggy, it allegedly collided head-on with a southbound 1999 Mercury Sable PC that was allegedly speeding, deputies said.

The Mercury drove off of the road and overturned. The crash also caused the buggy to go off the east side of CR 15 and overturn.

The driver of the Dodge Grand Caravan, a 44-year-old from Nappanee, and the passengers, an 18-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl, were transported to the hospital. The Dodge was also cited with Improper Passing and Child Restraint Violation, according to deputies.

The driver of the Mercury Sable, a 16-year-old male from Wakarusa, was unconscious at the scene. He was transported via MedFlight to the hospital for head injuries. He was also cited for Excessive Speed and a Seatbelt Violation, deputies said.

Three people in the buggy, including a 26-year-old woman, a five-year-old and a 3-year-old, were taken to the hospital for their injuries, the crash report said.


Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that the passenger of the Mercury Sable was unconscious at the scene. The driver of the Mercury Sable was unconscious at the scene. We apologize for this error. 


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