Two Killed, Eight Injured After Amish Buggy Struck in VA

Brandon Sapienza

New York Daily News

(TNS)

An Amish couple was killed and their eight children were injured after the family’s buggy was rear-ended by a pickup truck on Sunday night in Virginia.

According to Virginia State Police, Barbie Esh, 38, and her husband John Z. Esh, 39, died at a hospital on Monday.

The driver of the Toyota Tundra involved in the accident fled the scene after the collision but returned shortly after, police confirmed. Charges against the driver, who was uninjured are pending, according to CNN.

Inside the buggy with the parents were their eight children ranging in ages from 9 months to 16 years old. The severity of the injuries of the children ranges from minor to serious. Two of the children received treatment and were released as of Wednesday. The other six remain hospitalized.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for medical and funeral expenses.

As is standard practice for many Amish horse-drawn buggies, a triangular placard that says “slow moving vehicle” was attached to the cab and the buggy was also equipped with working head and taillights.

An area fire station in Cumberland County reminded residents in the area to yield to heavy buggy traffic during the funeral to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

“Amish families from as far as Pennsylvania and New York will be attending the funeral and assisting the family involved,” the Toga Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook. “Cumberland officials are expecting over 400 participants.”

“If you’re behind a buggy DON’T pass until it’s safe to do so with a clear view around them,” they added. “Preferably a passing zone. Don’t hog or tailgate, rev your engine or blow your horns when passing,” the post said. “Please be cautious and mindful when traveling.”

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