A crash involving a horse-drawn carriage and a pickup truck in Michigan has left three dead.
Besides the three children who died, six other people were seriously injured in the crash that took place at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct 29, near Sheridan, Michigan, Fox 17 reported.
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Michigan State Police told the station that a red Dodge Ram was traveling eastward when it hit the carriage and demolished it.
There were nine people inside the carriage when the crash occurred, authorities said.
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The victims were identified as a 7-year-old girl, a 9-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old boy, officials told the news outlet. The other victims, who had life-threatening injuries, were taken to local hospitals.
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The horse was not harmed in the accident.
Troopers said alcohol and drugs weren’t factors in the crash.
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Officials didn’t release any more details on the crash, which is still under investigation.
According to Michigan State Law, carriages are considered “traffic“: “A person riding an animal or driving an animal-drawn vehicle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all the duties, criminal penalties, and civil sanctions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except those provisions of this chapter which by their very nature may not have application.”
Sheridan is located about 35 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.