Amish family ejected from buggy after getting struck by box truck in Ashland County

ASHLAND COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Six Amish people were ejected from a buggy in Sullivan Township Thursday after they were rear-ended by a large box truck.

According to the Ohio Highway State Patrol, the crash occurred on US 224, east of State Route 89.

The buggy -- driven by Menno Swartzentruper, 20, of Sullivan Township -- was headed eastbound on US 224 when it was struck by a 2016 GMC 4500 box truck, driven by Christopher Alejandro Cespedes Rivera, 20, of Brooklyn.

Rivera told police he looked down to retrieve a GPS device, failed to stop and struck the buggy.

Lovina Swartzentruper, 25, of Sullivan, was transported by ambulance to Lodi Hospital with serious injuries.

Levi Swartzentruper, 22, of Sullivan, Emma Swartzentruper, 19, of Sullivan, and two juveniles were transported by ambulance to Ashland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Menno Swartzentruper was treated by paramedics at the crash scene for minor injuries.  Christopher Rivera was not injured.

Rivera was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

The buggy was equipped with reflective markings to the rear.  Alcohol & Drugs are not a contributing factor.

The crash is under investigation.

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