Horse killed; passengers hospitalized in buggy crash

The incident left a portion of U.S. 20 in LaGrange County closed for three hours.

Posted on Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Three people including an infant were hospitalized after a horse-drawn buggy collided with a car on U.S. 20 in LaGrange County on Monday, Dec. 23.

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, a buggy traveling east on U.S. 20 near 9500 W. crossed the center line into the path of a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire traveling west.

The car struck the horse and went into a ditch on the south side of U.S. 20, going through a fence and a field. The car also jumped a creek and hit a ravine head on, dropping 10 feet into a creek bed.

The driver, Rachel Skaggs of Ligonier, was trapped in the car, but firefighters were able to cut her out. She was transported by helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, to be treated for possible broken bones in her ankle, wrist and spine, and facial injuries.

Parkview staff said late Monday night that the driver is in stable condition.

The buggy flipped on its side after being hit. Two passengers inside, Sara Yoder and Joel Yoder, an infant, were taken to Parkview LaGrange Hospital to be evaluated. Sara Yoder had complained of pain from whiplash, but she and Joel were both released from the hospital later Monday night. The third occupant, Lyle Yoder, was not injured.

The horse was killed in the collision.

The sheriff’s department said that alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash. U.S. 20 was closed for about three hours.

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Topeka Police Department, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana State Police, Shipshewana Fire Department, Parkview EMS and Parkview Samaritan Helicopter.

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