Nick McWilliams reporting – An incident involving an Amish Buggy in Coshocton County brings a reminder to always stay alert on roadways.
According to a release from the county sheriff’s office, the incident occurred just before Saturday afternoon, in Mill Creek Township, near State Route 643 and Township Road 219.
Deputies determined that a 15-year-old boy, from Millersburg, was operating a buggy on SR 643.
A 52-year-old man, from Groveport, was traveling in the same direction and attempted to pass. As the vehicle was traveling past, the horse spooked and swerved, making contact with the vehicle.
The horse then ran at a high rate of speed, leading to the teenager being ejected. The boy was not injured, and all parties were reportedly safe following the incident.
The sheriff’s office is still investigating the incident.
All motorists are reminded to always give plenty of room when attempting to pass Amish buggies, and always operate vehicles at reasonable speeds.
Additionally, never accelerate rapidly to eliminate excessive noise and always be aware of where the buggy is while traveling past.
Only pass in areas with plenty of visibility, and when it is legal to do so.
A study conducted between 2009 and 2018 showed that over 700 incidents involving vehicles and buggies were reported on Ohio roads.
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