An alleged drunk driver plowed into a horse-drawn buggy in central New York, leaving an Amish family of five seriously injured after they were sent flying from the impact, police said.
All five family members were hospitalized – including three young children – after a man driving a pickup truck slammed into their buggy around 9 p.m. Saturday in Trenton, New York State Police said in a press release.
Father Andy Swartzentruber, 26, was operating the buggy at the time and was transported to nearby St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries while three young children suffered injuries that were more serious.
Clara Swartzentruber, 2, was semi-conscious when police arrived and she was airlifted to the hospital with a fractured skull and broken leg. She is listed in critical condition.
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Three-year-old Paul Swartzentruber suffered a minor head laceration and 4-month old Sara Swartzentruber suffered a facial laceration. Both were transported to the hospital.
Mattie Swartzentruber, 25, suffered a leg injury in the crash and was also hospitalized.
The condition of the horse is unclear and New York State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Douglas N. Clark, the 58-year-old driver of the 2015 Ford pickup from Barneveld, is alleged to have left the scene at first but then returned at a later time.
Clark, who police say had a blood alcohol level of .21%, was arrested for aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to exercise due care, leaving the scene of an accident involving an animal, and following too closely.
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New York State Police said Clark was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.