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Horse and buggy driver injured in crash

A man was injured when his horse and buggy veered into the path of a pickup truck early Thursday morning.

A man was injured when his horse and buggy veered into the path of a pickup truck early Thursday morning.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a pickup truck versus horse and buggy that occurred about 7:29 a.m. Thursday, March 19, on Fitzner Road, in Montcalm Township. Police said the initial investigation revealed that an Amish horse and buggy was southbound on Fitzner, between Spencer Road and Pakes Road, when it swerved into the path of a northbound pickup truck. The collision caused severe damage to both the buggy and the truck.

The buggy driver, Andrew Miller, 27, of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was taken to United Memorial Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and subsequently flown to Spectrum Health by Aeromed. His condition is unknown.

The pickup driver, Del Ray Christensen, 54, also of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was not injured.

The horse died as a result of its injuries.

Police believed the horse tack may have been incorrectly connected, causing the horse to veer into the northbound lane when the buggy driver attempted to stop the buggy. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash.

 

 

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