A truck struck a horse and buggy in Clinton County, killing a woman and her 8-year-old son and seriously injuring four other people, authorities said.
State police at Lamar said the eastbound UPS box truck drifted into the path of the horse and buggy “for unknown reasons” and struck the left horse shaft, the rail that goes alongside the horse, “impaling” the vehicle and causing it to overturn at about 6:45 p.m. Friday at 1595 W. Winter Road in Logan Township.
Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna pronounced Rachel Beiler, 36, and her son, David, both of Loganton, dead at the scene. Hanna ruled their deaths accidental due to multiple blunt force trauma.
State police said the buggy’s driver, Aaron Beiler, 37, was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in critical condition. Three other passengers, a 13-year-old boy and two girls aged 11 and 14, also had major injuries.
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Authorities said the truck traveled 100 feet after the collision and hit a tree. The driver, Sherry Croak, 55, of Lock Haven, suffered moderate injuries.
Police said the horse was also killed, and it and the buggy were removed by the Amish community. The cause of the crash is under investigation and no charges were immediately filed. Police were assisted at the scene by Sugar Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Goodwill Hose, Miles Township and Jersey Shore EMS and Geisinger Life Flight.