Amish killed in New York state after horse and buggy hit by SUV
Share the roads, people! Even, in this case, if the other drivers are not all driving in cars or trucks. An accident in upstate New York left one dead and another injured after the SUV struck a horse and buggy. Police said the crash happened early Sunday morning on Highway 11 in the town of Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County.
Soldiers say a 23-year-old Antwerp resident named Levi L. Swartzentruber Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle struck the Amish-style buggy. A passenger in the buggy, named Mose Swartzentruber, reportedly suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The Swartzentruber Amish are one of the largest and most conservative subgroups of the Old Order Amish.
Unfortunately, the horse was reportedly seriously injured after the impact and should have been shot at the scene, police said.
Scenes like this happen more often than you might think, as there are many Amish settlements scattered across New York City, Pennsylvania, and parts of the Midwest. You can imagine how dangerous it could become for those riding in an open buggy, traveling near busy roads full of cars and trucks. According to figures compiled by the Amish Study, New York has more than 21,000 Amish living in the state as of 2020. New York ranks fourth in the country for Amish citizens.
You may remember that bizarre incident that happened in 2015 when a drunk driver crashed his Dodge in a group of Amish teenagers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In July 2020, it was the Amish driver who was reportedly drunk this time around as police said an 18-year-old man behind the horse was going too fast, detonated a stop sign, then lost control of his buggy. The accident caused the occupants of the car to be thrown out into the street.