An Amish family appears to have escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when their buggy was hit by a motorist.

According to Pulaski Township police, the buggy driven by Saloma Byler, 23, of Topper Hill Road, was eastbound on Route 208 at 8:50 a.m. when it was hit from behind by the vehicle of Francis Mayberry, 84, of Bedford Road, Lowellville, Ohio, also eastbound. Officers said Mayberry said he had not seen the buggy.

Police said impact caused the buggy to go over an embankment and to flip over. The officer said all occupants were out of the buggy and sitting at the side of the road when he arrived.

Police said Byler sustained in injury to her leg. Two children, ages 3 and 1, police said, "did not appear to have sustained injury." However, all three were taken to UPMC Horizon Hospital in Farrell to be checked over.

Officers add the horse that pulled the Amish buggy appeared to have a slight cut on its hind quarters "but stood right up after we got the buggy off of him and cut the harness."

Police said Mayberry sustained no apparent injury but his vehicle was towed from the scene. He will be cited for careless driving, police said.


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