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Crash claims life of horse and buggy driver


A horse and buggy driver that was injured in a crash with a pickup truck last week has died of his injuries.

The accident occurred on Thursday, March 19, about 7:29 a.m. According to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies, Andrew Miller, 27, of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was driving his Amish horse and buggy southbound on Fitzner Road, in Montcalm Township, 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.

Miller, was taken to United Memorial Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and subsequently flown to Spectrum Health by Aeromed. He died of his injuries on Tuesday, March 24.

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 believe 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.

Miller was a lifelong resident of the Greenville area where he worked as a roofer and was a member of the Old Order Amish community. He leaves behind his wife, Rebecca, and four children.

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