HOWARD — Two Amish sisters were injured when their buggy was struck by a truck on U.S. 62, just north of Ohio 229, Monday at 7:10 p.m. Naomi Hershberger, 16, was flown to Grant Medical Center where she was listed in fair condition this morning.
Ivey Hershberger, 14, was taken to Knox Community Hospital by the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District and then flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she was treated and released.
Their parents are John and Erma Hershberger and their home is on Chadwick Road.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Stryker said a truck driven by Benjamin Fehr, 32, Millersburg, passed the buggy striking it with the right side. The impact ripped off the rear-view mirror and knocked off a ladder mounted on the body of the truck.
The crash threw the girls out of the buggy and the horse ran north on U.S. 62 and turned right onto Lepley Road. Residents who live a short distance east on Lepley Road, Jim and Janet Burch, said they saw the horse and buggy running down the road. They drove down U.S. 62 and found the girls.
With the girls under care by paramedics, the Burches said they drove to the parents’ home and brought them to the scene. Preliminary reports from the paramedics stated both girls suffered head injuries.
Trooper Stryker said the patrol will monitor the condition of the girls and then refer the evidence to the Knox County prosecutor for charges.
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