By Mike Perleberg
Update posted at 8:16 a.m:
(Versailles, Ind.) – A man was killed when the horse-drawn buggy he was riding in veered into oncoming traffic Thursday night.
The crash occurred at around 10:00 p.m. on U.S. 421 near County Road 450 South in Ripley County. According to Indiana State Police troopers, the horse and buggy rig operated by Daniel X. Stoltzfus, approximately 18-years-old, of Versailles, was travelling north on U.S. 421 when for unknown reasons the buggy crossed into the southbound lane.
There, the buggy was struck by a Ford F250 pickup truck driven by Wilma E. Asher, 53, of Versailles. The impact killed the horse and ejected Stoltzfus into the northbound lane of U.S. 421 where he may have been struck by one or two other northbound vehicles.
One of those vehicles was a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Jeffrey W. Clippert, 54, of Madison and the second vehicle was a Pontiac SUV driven by Chester R. Swinney, 54, of Versailles.
None of the other drivers were injured.
The crash remains under investigation. The state police were assisted at the scene by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, Ripley County EMS, and the New Marion Fire Department.
Original story posted at 7:35 a.m.:
(Versailles, Ind.) – A crash on U.S. 421 in Ripley County remains under investigation.
Sometime around 9:00 p.m. Thursday, a horse buggy and multiple vehicles were reportedly involved in a crash on U.S. 421 near Versailles. The crash had the highway shut down for an unknown period of time.
It is unclear if anybody was injured.
Indiana State Police at the Versailles Post acknowledged the crash and said they are leading the investigation. For information could be released Friday morning.