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5 Children Died In A Horse and Carriage Accident

As the growth of Amish communities in New York has revitalized small towns, family farms have also seen a rise in small businesses. Though economically healthy, this increase has come with disadvantages. According to the New York State Police, the number of buggy accidents is also on the rise. The New York State Police accident reconstruction unit has noticed an uptick in the accidents since 2016. However, statistics are difficult to track because accidents involving horse and carriage aren’t tracked as a distinct category. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of buggy accidents involving motor vehicles do not take place at night or in limited visibility. Most happen during the day on straight sections of the highway. 

The New York Times reports that a fifth child has been found following a deadly Amish buggy accident in Bath County. 

The accident occurred in Bath County, Kentucky, about 50 miles from Lexington on Wednesday. The five children and their mother were returning home from church. Their buggy flipped on a bridge in Peasticks. 

Four of the children’s bodies were discovered on the same day. A fifth child’s body was found on Saturday. The parents and family members were notified of the discovery as they were holding funeral services for the other four children. 

The bridge was a low-water bridge spanning a branch of waterway that feeds into the Licking River. A low-water bridge is a concrete slab situated above culverts that allow the water to pass through. 

The mother was able to make her way to the bank of the waterway and summon help. The waterway was swollen after heavy rain had moved into the area on Wednesday afternoon.

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