- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - Two children and their father were injured Friday after their family’s horse-and-buggy collided with a cement truck in Casey County.

Volunteer firefighter Loren Martin told WLEX-TV (https://bit.ly/1DVbXy0) it was about 1 p.m. and he was working nearby when he heard the squeal of tires and “an awful thump, thump.”

He rushed to the scene on state Route 910 where he says the horse-and-buggy had been carrying two young girls, a baby boy and their father.

“Let me just put it this way, it was terrible,” Martin said.

Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle said witnesses told him the horse was spooked by the approach of the cement mixer. The horse reared up and then ran in front of the truck, where it was killed.

The two injured girls were flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where they are doing well, Weddle said. The father suffered a fractured leg and was driven to the hospital. The baby was unhurt.

Martin said people in the area helped the family as traffic was diverted from the small community where horse-and-buggies are common.

Casey County is home to members of both the Amish and Mennonite faiths, and signs along the roadways caution motorists about the horse-drawn vehicles.


Information from: WLEX-TV, https://www.wlextv.com

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