Upstate Drunk Driver Hits and Flips Amish Buggy with 5 Inside
This is so sad - hopefully, the injured children make a full recovery after an alleged drunk driver hit and flipped an Amish Buggy carrying a family of five - including their three small kids.
State Police say that of the five family members on board, three of them were small children, and one of them, a 2-year-old is currently in critical condition.
Here's what happened according to New York State Police.
State Police say that Douglas N. Clark, age 58, from Barneveld, NY, was traveling eastbound in his Ford pickup truck on Powell Road when he collided with a horse-drawn Amish buggy causing the buggy to overturn and eject all five occupants, according to the source.
Making matters worse, police allege that an inebriated Clark initially left the scene of the accident shortly after the potentially deadly accident that occurred around 9 pm on Saturday night in the Town of Trenton, NY - located about 90 miles northwest of Albany.
There were two adults in the Amish Buggy on Saturday night.
The operator of the Amish buggy, Andy Swartzentruber, age 26, from Barneveld, was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The other adult in the buggy was Mattie M Swartzentruber, age 25, who was treated for a leg injury.
There were also three young children on board, and sadly, one is in critical condition.
Paul, age three, had a minor head laceration; Sara, four months old, suffered a facial laceration and Clara A Swartzentruber, age 2, was semi-conscious and is currently being treated in a hospital for a fractured skull and a broken leg and is listed in critical condition.
Clark, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for Aggravated DWI, with a BAC of .21%, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident first-degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving an Animal, and a multitude of additional charges.
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