Most motorists probably understand the importance of sharing the road with other vehicles, but it may be difficult to remember sometimes that other vehicles do not only include cars and trucks. Sometimes they include non-motorized vehicles such as a horse-drawn buggy. The 62-year-old driver of such a buggy lost his life on Friday following a collision with a pickup truck.
The driver of the buggy succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident after transportation first to one local hospital by ambulance and then to a second hospital by helicopter. The accident occurred near Pinecrest Drive on Route 522 around noon on Friday. In 2018, 25 people altogether, including the buggy driver, have perished on Valley roads.
The current condition of the pickup driver is unknown. He is an 84-year-old man from Middleburg who struck the buggy from behind after failing to see it in front of him. The buggy came to rest at the bottom of an embankment after traveling 30 feet off the side of the roadway. The force of the impact ejected the buggy driver from his vehicle into a field where he sustained multiple traumatic injuries.
In order to reconstruct the scene, law enforcement closed the roadway for approximately five hours, while routes 4001, 4002 and 4003 served as detours. Though the accident is still under investigation at this time, the road reopened later that same evening. There has been no mention of the current condition or location of the horse that was pulling the buggy.
Everyone on the roadway deserves respect and consideration, no matter their method of conveyance. It may be helpful for those injured in an auto accident to discuss the case with an attorney.