Van Hits Horse and Buggy, Killing 2 in Parke County

The last thing you expect to read in the morning paper is that van hits horse and buggy. Tractor trailer crashes? Sure. Car accidents? Absolutely. But a horse and buggy crash? You heard that right. On Saturday, November 2, police responded to a crash involving a horse buggy and a van.

A family of four was traveling on US Highway 36 near Racoon Lake Bridge when they were hit from behind by a man driving a 2019 Ford van. 66-year old Steve Miller Ealy of Danville was traveling on the same road as the buggy when they rear-ended the other vehicle.

When the van hit the horse and buggy, it forced them off the road. The coroner pronounced one of the passengers in the buggy dead at the scene. 3 others were transported to the both Indianapolis and Clay County hospitals. Sadly, one of the injured victims died shortly after being admitted to the hospital.

The driver of the 2019 Ford van was not injured.

There is no update on the condition of the other buggy passengers. A veterinarian did come to the scene and treat the horse who is expected to fully recover.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. There is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. There has really been no cause given as of yet. Presumably, since Steve Ealy hit the horse and buggy from behind, he’ll be deemed liable for the crash. This means that family of the victims will have a potential claim for wrongful death.

If you or your loved one have been injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident, you’ll need help. Call one of our experienced lawyers in Indianapolis right away.

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