Amish buggy and Jeep crash Monday in Woodsfield
WOODSFIELD — Yet another accident with injuries has been reported during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” as the Ohio State Highway Patrol refers to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Following a recent crash involving an ATV and a side-by-side, Sheriff Charles Black confirmed that a Jeep struck an Amish buggy that was traveling north on Ohio 800 on Monday evening.
“Right at the county line. There were five occupants in the buggy and one occupant in the Jeep. Three of the occupants of the buggy were transported to the hospital for injuries,” Black said. “The driver of the Jeep was uninjured, to our knowledge.”
Black said the accident took place at about 3:20 p.m. He said the buggy did not have a flashing light as required by Ohio House Bill 30.
“It was cited for that,” Black said. “They’ll be looking into charges of possible child endangerment, and that will be filed through the prosecutor for his review.”
According to the Monroe County Clerk of Courts office, the buggy driver, Gideon Zook, 31, of 37902 Gunn Road, Jerusalem has been ticketed for failing to have a light installed and will appear before Monroe County Court Judge Jason Yoss at 9 a.m. June 14.
Black said the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee — Sara Gehrig, no age or address available — was cited for failing to assure clear distance; however, there were no charges listed against her yet on Wednesday, according to the clerk of courts office. Black did not conclude who was at fault.
“We haven’t ascertained that, but here in the state of Ohio you still have to maintain control of your vehicle. So if you pull up on something and you don’t notice it or whatever, it’s assured clear distance and there’s a citation being held on that,” Black said.
Black also commented on the condition of the horse that was pulling the buggy.
“The horse kind of just took off and headed back towards I assume it’s home place. They were heading to Belmont County. Some Amish live at the bottom of the hill, so it took off with the buggy down the hill. I assume they caught it,” Black said. “It was not injured to my knowledge.”
Lt. Brian McFarland of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s St. Clairsville post said Monroe County’s law enforcement is handling the case.
“We responded to it, but we just went to help look for the horse,” he said.