Amish family recovers from buggy crash
GLEN The Amish family who had a close call with injury in a car-buggy crash last week said things are back to normal now.
Last Tuesday, Martha Shetler was on Route 30A south of Glen on a grocery trip with her sons John, 4, and infant Amos when her horse and buggy collided with a 2007 Toyota operated by Ann Adams of Sharon Springs.
At the time it was reported that no one was hurt, but since the accident a few minor injuries have come to light.
“Both the boys were thrown from the buggy,” said Michelle Schilling, a nurse from the town of Charleston who happened to be driving by shortly after the accident. “The horse was bleeding from the mouth; you could see its body print on the hood of the car.”
The boys were taken to the family farm on Reynolds Road and later to the hospital to be checked out.
“John had a bump on his head,” Martha Shetler said Monday, as she hung washing from the clothesline by the family’s small house, “but it’s almost healed now.”
As for baby Amos, “He’s a happy little boy,” she said.
Shetler herself had a few sore ribs, but nothing serious enough to keep her from working.
Looking at the accident, the buggy nearly on top of the car, it’s hard to imagine that there weren’t more serious injuries, but Harvey Shetler, husband and father, didn’t seem too concerned.
“It couldn’t have happened too fast,” he said. “The horse was a little bruised and we think she bit her tongue, but I used her the next day, and every day since, and she’s been fine.”
The buggy wasn’t in bad shape either. Shetler had it rolling the same day with only a few minor repairs.
In the last few years, there area has had a growing Amish population and buggy versus motor vehicle accidents have risen with the numbers.
“We just try to stay on our side of the road and not worry about it,” he said. “Except for 30A. That’s a scary road. We try to avoid it as much as possible.”
For the Amish, there is an element of risk involved with any horse-powered transportation. Harvey Shetler injured his neck in a runaway horse accident just last September that had nothing to do with a motor vehicle. “We can only do so much,” he said.