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5 hurt following crash involving horse and buggy in East Lampeter Township

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EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP (WPMT)-Several people were injured after a vehicle collided with a  horse and buggy along Route 896 in Lancaster County Wednesday morning.

It happened around 9:35 a.m. at Route 896 near Joyce Drive in East Lampeter Township. Police said the driver of the vehicle was traveling south on Route 896 when they crossed the center lane and hit the horse and buggy head-on.

Two adults and two small children, who were riding in the buggy, all suffered serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle sustained head injuries.  All five people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The horse died at the scene.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Eastbrook Road between Joyce Lane to Clearview Road is closed.





  • Marie

    Prayers go out to the family in the buggy. May they all recover quickly. As for the jerk in the car. May he also recover to face any charges that can be filed. He had better pay to replace the horse and buggy plus all medical costs for his victims. He should also be forced to go to their home and PERSONALLY do all the chores and other work that needs to be done until the family is able to do them themselves.

  • Sharon Schmitt

    It’s been alot of these Amish buggys vs. car accidents lately. Can you people please slow down when you see them ahead of you. What the hell is the rush??? Use some common sense that your several tons of metal vs. that buggy just doesn’t equate. SLOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    Hey PennDOT, where are the 10′ shoulders in this road? You have a centuries-old Amish community that brings many tourist dollars to the state and you have no shoulders to assist in protecting them from crashes that incidentally have been proportionally rising with electronics usage.

    • Jane Belghali

      No Sue. and they don’t pay taxes. They should pay taxes to use the roads the same as any licensed driver does. They are very dangerous. They slow traffic and people pass on curves to get by them. An accident waiting to happen. They should have travel restrictions. I vote they are not allowed on the roads when people are going to and from work for all 3 shifts. 7 days a week.

      • Jamie

        How about making bicyclists have a license and insurance to be on the road as well? Or all unconventional modes of transportation. Cant just single out the Amish.

      • Rich C.

        If you think the Amish don’t pay taxes, you’d better get an education on their contribution to this area. They pay property taxes on their 60 to 150 acre farms just as we do on our 1/2 to 1 acre lots…figure out the $$$ difference. They also carry Amish aid for any damage or accidents caused by their vehicles, but 99 out of 100 car / buggy wrecks are caused by impatient car drivers. They have full rights to use the roadways as cyclists, pedestrians, trucks, farm equipment as any other car driver has. I was born and raised in this area and, this being a rural, agricultural area, you’d have to pretty thick not to realize that there are slow moving buggies, tractors, cornbinders, harvesters Etc. all over these roadways. Slow down, keep your eyes on the road, not on the freakin. cell phone!

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