EASTON, Maine — Six people escaped serious injury on Wednesday when a car struck an Amish horse-drawn buggy on Conant Road.
Zachary Jones, 22, was driving west about 6 a.m., when he came over the top of a hill and did not see the horse-drawn carriage traveling on the shoulder of the westbound travel lane, according to Maine State Police Sgt. Chad Fuller.
Jones attempted to avoid the carriage but struck the back corner and rear wheel, Fuller said in a press release.
Jones’ 2000 Jeep skidded across the eastbound lane and back onto the roadway before coming to rest, the sergeant said.
The rear wheel of the carriage was knocked off, but none of the occupants were injured, Fuller said. The two horses pulling the buggy also were not injured.
The carriage driven by 19-year-old John Miller was carrying four passengers — Noah Glick, 16, Lydiann Miller, 41, Naomi Glick, 47, and Ada Miller, 18.
Fuller said that the accident was not really the fault of any one person.
“It really was just a bad spot,” he said. “The carriage was moving, and [Jones] crested the hill when it was in a bad spot, and he did not see them.”
Trooper Jeff Clark investigated the crash. No charges are forthcoming.
Four children from another Amish family in Aroostook were treated for injuries in May after the horse pulling their wagon was struck and killed by a motorist in Island Falls.