Five children injured in buggy versus truck accident

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One child was airlifted and four others taken to the hospital after the Amish buggy they were riding in was hit by a pickup truck on Mt. Zion Hill in Scott Township Friday morning, March 18, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. The driver who reportedly hit the buggy is expected to be charged with innattentive driving.

Authorities said that, around 9:30 a.m. Friday, James Gobin, 86, of Fennimore, was driving a 1998 GMC truck north in the slow lane of U.S. Highway 61 when he struck the back end of a horse-drawn buggy. The buggy, which was also headed north in the slow lane, was driven by an 11-year-old Mt. Zion boy and equipped with a slow-moving vehicle sign as well as hazard and turn lights. The young driver was headed to school with five passengers, ages 6 to 11, all from Mt. Zion.

According to the sheriff’s department, the buggy sustained heavy damage from the collision and three of the passengers were thrown onto the roadway.

MedLink was called to the scene and transported one of the children to a La Crosse hospital. Four children were transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital with injuries ranging from head wounds to possible broken bones and the 11-year-old driver of the buggy was not injured in the crash.

Gobin, who was not injured, stated that he didn’t see the buggy until he hit it, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

The horse pulling the buggy was injured when the buggy struck it in the back legs. It was treated by a local veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was called to reconstruct the accident.

Others assisting at the scene were the Boscobel Police Department, Crawford County Highway Department, Boscobel EMS, Boscobel Fire Department, Ocooch Mountain Rescue, North Crawford EMS, Scott Township First Responders, and Fry’s Towing.

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