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Three children killed in horse and buggy crash

Three children died and six other family members were sent to the hospital after a pickup truck ran into the horse-drawn carriage they were riding in last Sunday, October 29.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on E. Condensary Rd. near Wood Rd. on Sunday, October 29th at approximately 8:34 a.m. in Evergreen Township in Montcalm County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge truck was driving eastbound on E. Condensary Rd. when it collided with a buggy also traveling eastbound. The pickup truck struck the buggy, which caused extensive damage to both the pickup truck and the buggy. 

The buggy was occupied by the Martin family of Sheridan. The Mennonite family was reportedly on their way to a Sunday worship service when the crash occurred.

As of Monday, October 30, the father, Paul R. Martin, 40, was in stable condition at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, then moved to Butterworth. The mother, Judith M. Martin (Imhoff), 34, was in critical condition at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Three of their sons—an 8-year-old, 3-1/2-year-old, and a 2-year-old—were in stable condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. An 18-month-old daughter was treated and released from Carson City Hospital. 

Their other three children in the buggy—a son and two daughters–suffered fatal injuries. According to an obituary from Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home of Carson City, one was their son, Cameron Seth Martin, 11; their daughter, Kayla Beth Martin, 9, and another daughter, Kendra Jane Martin, 7.

The lone occupant in the Dodge truck, Brandon King, 29, of Sheridan, was not injured. He appeared to have been wearing a seatbelt. 

Restraint use in the buggy is unknown. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this traffic crash, but other possible contributing factors are still under investigation.

Assisting with the crash scene and investigation were Montcalm County Rescue 21, Rescue 30, Alpha 2, Alpha 3, Life EMS, Life Net, Sheridan Fire Department, Lakeview Police Department, Greenville DPS, and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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