Howard City woman, 3 children hospitalized after Amish buggy runs into oncoming traffic


By Daily News • Last Updated 11:35 am on Monday, March 04, 2013

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — An Amish woman and three children were injured Sunday when a horse pulling the amish buggy they were riding in veered into oncoming traffic.

At approximately 1:50 p.m., deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a car/buggy accident on 5 Mile Road near 155th Avenue in Deerfield Township, approximately five miles north of Montcalm County.

A passenger vehicle operated by Douglas Sutherland, 27, of Lakeview, was traveling westbound on 5 Mile Road while an Amish buggy driven by William Miller, 36, of Howard City, was traveling eastbound.

According to witnesses, the horse pulling the buggy suddenly reared up and ran into the westbound lane of traffic.

Sutherland was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision with the horse and buggy.

Sutherland and his wife were not injured in the accident.

There were 10 people in the Amish buggy,  two adults and eight children.

Katie Miller, 35, a 2-month-old and children ages 9 and 10, were transported by ambulance to the Mecosta County Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Mecosta County EMS, Morley Rescue and the Michigan State Police.

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