CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Nine people were taken to a hospital after a vehicle crashed into a horse and buggy in Carroll County.
The buggy was carrying eight passengers. Four were adults and the other four were children. All eight were taken to a Lafayette hospital with only minor injuries. The driver who crashed into the rear of the car was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Michelle Killian and her husband were enjoying their Sunday afternoon when they both heard a loud noise outside of their home.
"I was inside doing homework, and my husband heard a loud boom, and he came in and asked me if I wanted to check on them," said Killian.
Killian, a certified nurse, rushed outside to help, and to her surprise, she recognized who was in the now destroyed buggy.
"I went out there expecting the worst, and they were very lucky they were bruised bump had some cuts," said Killian. “They handled it pretty well. Kids are resilient they kind of bounced back,”
Carroll County Sherriff Tobe Leazenby says that Krystal Mullet dropped something on the floorboard and after leaning over to pick it up, she collided with the back of the buggy.
"(The crash) Could have been far more devastating from what it was, and I’m thankful for the aspect - that no serious injuries occurred, but I'm sure it was quite a shocking experience that this had happened," stated Leazenby. "We have had our share of those types of accidents. Drivers just need to be aware of those areas where vehicles may be present,”
Mullet was not arrested but given a traffic citation. Leazenby says that it's up to prosecutors to decide whether or not any charges will be filed.
"It’s important to realize you have to pay attention, especially out on this road. They’re always out on these roads, and the speeds are like 55," said Killian.
Sheriff Leazenby says he urges drivers to focus their attention on the road and if it’s an emergency to pull over.
We reached out to INDOT to see if they would be putting out more Buggy Signs for safety. They said that they will not be putting out more signs because too many signs on a roadway can become distracting.