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July 26, 2012

Five in buggy hurt in Union County crash

— ALLENWOOD — The youngest daughter of a family whose horse-drawn buggy was smashed by a van in an accident Wednesday night was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital, and her two sisters and parents were also injured, state police at Milton said.

All five in the buggy suffered unknown injuries after a Chrysler van rammed the back of the buggy as the family traveled west on Route 44, about a half-mile from the Route 15 intersection near Allenwood, around 7:50 p.m.

Amos and Barbra Esch, of Masser Road, Allenwood, and their three daughters were taken to area hospitals, Milton troopers said.

Investigating troopers said they did not believe the injuries to the family members were life-threatening.

The van driver told Milton troopers that his difficulty in seeing the road — because of the setting sun and glare on the highway — factored in the crash. The driver, whose identity was unavailable at deadline, lowered his sun visor as he was traveling west when he hit the buggy, which he said he did not see, troopers said.

The buggy had apparently pulled to the right side of the road to allow traffic to pass when it was hit flush on the left side by the van, troopers said.

The impact knocked the buggy off the right side of the road and crushed in the back of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, observers said the horse appears to have been injured, although it was standing quietly in a field near the buggy.

A fireman said the horse would probably require seeing a veterinarian.

Assisting troopers at the scene were fire and rescue personnel from the Warrior Run Fire Department, and the ambulance from Evangelical Community Hospital, in Lewisburg.

Additional details, including the name of the driver of the van, will be released within 24 hours, troopers said.

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