Horse struck, killed while pulling buggy with four Amish children in Island Falls

A state trooper looks over a wrecked buggy after it was struck by a vehicle in Island Falls on Monday.
Maine State Police
A state trooper looks over a wrecked buggy after it was struck by a vehicle in Island Falls on Monday.
Posted May 12, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
Last modified May 13, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
A wrecked sport utility vehicle sits on the side of Route 2 in Island Falls after it struck a horse and buggy on Monday.
Maine State Police
A wrecked sport utility vehicle sits on the side of Route 2 in Island Falls after it struck a horse and buggy on Monday.

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ISLAND FALLS, Maine — Four children from an Aroostook County Amish community were taken to the hospital after the horse pulling their wagon was struck and killed by a motorist near their home Monday afternoon.

Stephen Porter, 62, of Sherman was traveling west on Route 2 in Island Falls and passing the Daniel Miller residence just after 2:30 p.m., when a horse-drawn buggy carrying four of Miller’s children attempted to cross the road, according to information released late Monday night by Maine State Police Sgt. Chadwick Fuller.

The Millers are part of a southern Aroostook County Amish community, Fuller said in the release.

The children, ages 9, 8, 7 and 5, reportedly were moving wood from one location on the Miller property to another and did not stop to check for traffic before entering the roadway from behind a thick tree line and into Porter’s path, Fuller said.

Porter, who was driving a 2003 Volkswagen station wagon, did not see the horse and buggy and subsequently struck the horse, sending the buggy into the air and ejecting the children, Fuller said.

The Miller children were taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The horse was killed by the impact.

The accident remains under investigation by the Maine State Police.

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