Northern Indiana woman dies when car hits her horse-drawn buggy

Full story: WISH-TV 8 Indiana News

State Police say a northern Indiana woman died when a horse-drawn buggy collided nearly head-on with a car.
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1 - 15 of 15 Comments Last updated Apr 7, 2008
Amy

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Apr 7, 2008
This is very sad, however, I feel that a horse and buggy should not be allowed on streets where cars travel. They have no protection obviously from a vehicle that moves at 3x's the speed of a horse and buggy. I will pray

“Nosey just like you”

Since: Feb 08

where I lay my head

#2 Apr 7, 2008
The horse and buggy "vehicles" have been around for years and in general most people know they exist in the counties where the Amish live and know to watch for them. There is more than not signs posted showing horse drawn buggies on the road. This is their only means of transportation due to religion. Freak accidents happen all the time and hopefully this is what this was.
PJJ

United States

#3 Apr 7, 2008
This is very sad! I have lived in a Amish community, the problem is the Amish have no road rules, that auto drivers do. They drive has they wish, in disregard of automobiles. The Amish dont pay taxes, and are tearing up our roads with there horses and buggies.

“Nosey just like you”

Since: Feb 08

where I lay my head

#4 Apr 7, 2008
PJJ wrote:
This is very sad! I have lived in a Amish community, the problem is the Amish have no road rules, that auto drivers do. They drive has they wish, in disregard of automobiles. The Amish dont pay taxes, and are tearing up our roads with there horses and buggies.
Amish have road rules and since they are highly religious people they are probably the most respctful of any group of people I have known. They do not roll down the middle of the road they slow and pull as far to the left/right to let motor vehicles go by.

What "community" did you live in? These people do not intentionally do things to irritate or harrass people.
cindy

Oswego, IL

#5 Apr 7, 2008
Generally in a story like this one the driver of the vehicle is identified.

I am amused when the driver is not identified. Meaning the driver is a friend, relative or VIP of the town and/or the media.

The rest of us would have our name splattered on this story.

As for the occurance itself, two wheeled bikes are allowed on the road and so are people who walk. IT is up to all of us to keep our eyes and ears open for potential problems, not to just live and expect the rest of the world to get out of our way.

It takes two to get into an accident and it also takes two to stay out of harms way and accidents.
bruno

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Apr 7, 2008
well i guess the horse and buggies havent recieved the five star crash rating.
Stars Wars One

Carmel, IN

#7 Apr 7, 2008
Do you think the driver was STONED or drunk? What kind od idiot can't see a horse drawn buggy.
rst

United States

#8 Apr 7, 2008
Horse was never mentioned. I'm assuming it's deceased as well?
I've lived near Amish for many years prior to moving to Indy. They're not perfect...none of us are....however, regarding the foresaid notes, they get quite nervous about OUR driving habits and generally dislike having to drive where we do. I guess this article furthers their fears.
bubba

Fredericktown, OH

#9 Apr 7, 2008
The horse is fine it ran acouple of block before someone could caught it. I was listing to this on my scanner. And I also seen the buggy, the car hit it on the front right side tire area.Just don't understand why the lady didn't see or hear it???
bubba

Fredericktown, OH

#10 Apr 7, 2008
cindy wrote:
Generally in a story like this one the driver of the vehicle is identified.
I am amused when the driver is not identified. Meaning the driver is a friend, relative or VIP of the town and/or the media.
The rest of us would have our name splattered on this story.
As for the occurance itself, two wheeled bikes are allowed on the road and so are people who walk. IT is up to all of us to keep our eyes and ears open for potential problems, not to just live and expect the rest of the world to get out of our way.
It takes two to get into an accident and it also takes two to stay out of harms way and accidents.
The drivers name is in the paper, in fact her address was in one of them, maybe goshennews.com also check out wlki.com and wthd.net
Thought

Greenfield, IN

#12 Apr 7, 2008
PJJ wrote:
This is very sad! I have lived in a Amish community, the problem is the Amish have no road rules, that auto drivers do. They drive has they wish, in disregard of automobiles. The Amish dont pay taxes, and are tearing up our roads with there horses and buggies.
A horse drawn buggy is tearing up the roads? Please compare the weight of a buggy, horses and passengers to that of a full sized car, SUV, Farm Equipment and large trucks for transporting. "L"
NoWay

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Apr 7, 2008
Amy wrote:
This is very sad, however, I feel that a horse and buggy should not be allowed on streets where cars travel. They have no protection obviously from a vehicle that moves at 3x's the speed of a horse and buggy. I will pray
In that case people on motorcycles, bicycles, roller skates (or blades), and joggers need to stay off the roads!!!!!
Helper

United States

#14 Apr 7, 2008
We all need to drive buggies. Stick it yo the oil companies in the process of saving lives.
Helper

United States

#15 Apr 7, 2008
Stars Wars One wrote:
Do you think the driver was STONED or drunk? What kind od idiot can't see a horse drawn buggy.
The kind that are painted black with low light (or no), running lamps in front.

It was night time. Read the entire article before you jump to conclusions. like you've never made a driving error that would cost someone their life had they been in your path.

Since: Apr 08

United States

#16 Apr 7, 2008
Stars Wars One wrote:
Do you think the driver was STONED or drunk? What kind od idiot can't see a horse drawn buggy.
I live in an amish community as well, and the buggy is black, and the horse as well. When it is dark out it is hard to see them, even with the running lights. Maybe they should have more reflective tape on the buggies, and the horse harness as well. I think that poor girl just didn't see it, and to think that she was stoned or drunk, or an idiot isn't the case. You probably don't see too many of them in Indy.It was an unfortunate accident.

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