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Horse-drawn buggy struck by car
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Careless driving is being cited for a wreck with injury Wednesday that sent four people to the hospital. The collision involved an Amish horse-drawn buggy and a motor vehicle on the exit ramp from Highway 55 to Newtown at Angels Bridge. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A crash involving an Amish horse-drawn buggy sent four people to the hospital Wednesday. 

McMinnville police officer Katelyn Neal said the buggy carrying the four people was traveling outbound and took the off ramp at Angels Bridge going toward Newtown.

“The buggy was on the shoulder of the road,” said Neal. “It was completely off the roadway when it was struck.” 

It was hit by a Kia Sorrento driven by Warren County resident Shannon Doak, 45. 

“Mr. Doak reported that he reached over to check something and when he did that, he veered off onto the shoulder of the roadway and struck the buggy,” said Neal. 

Four members of the Byler family occupied the buggy with driver David Byler, 59. Passengers were his wife, Susie, their adult daughter and one underage child.

The impact caused one to be ejected. 

“The wife was ejected from the buggy,” said Neal. “All four were transported to Saint Thomas River Park for treatment. I don’t believe any of the injuries are life-threatening.”

Both horses appeared to be uninjured.

Doak was cited for due care, a citation given when drivers of motor vehicles fail to exercise due care to avoid a collision.