Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 24, 2013

Two injured in car-buggy crash


SHIPSHEWANA — Two people were injured when a vehicle struck a horse and buggy Monday night on U.S. 20.

The collision occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the area of C.R. 9500 West south of Shipshewana. LaGrange County police said Rachel Skaggs of Ligonier was traveling west in a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire. The Pontiac collided with an eastbound horse and buggy that abruptly crossed the center line, police said.

The Sunfire went across U.S. 20 into a ditch on the south side of the road, crashing through a fence and into a field. The automobile then went across a creek and hit the ravine head-on, dropping 10 feet into a creek bed.

Police said Skaggs was trapped in the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived. Firefighters were able to cut Skaggs out of the vehicle, where she was waist deep in water.

Skaggs was flown by Samaritan air ambulance to Parkview Regional Medical Center. Police said she’d suffered possible fractures to her ankle, wrist and cervical area, along with facial injuries. None of her injuries were thought to be life-threatening, according to police.

The buggy — containing passengers Lyle, Sara and Joel Yoder of LaGrange — flipped onto its side when it was struck by the Sunfire. Sara and Joel Yoder were transported to Parkview LaGrange Hospital to be evaluated; Joel is an infant and Sara suffered pain from whiplash. They were released from the hospital later Monday night.

The horse was killed in the collision.

U.S. 20 was closed in the crash area for approximately three hours while emergency personnel worked at the scene.