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Horse injured in Grant County Amish buggy crash

GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) — A horse had its leg broken when a car crashed into an Amish buggy carrying a couple and an 8-month-old child.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was called to a motor vehicle versus Amish buggy crash about 8 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 18 near Ridge Road in Mount Hope Township.

Anthony Lopez Herrera, 29, of Montfort, was driving his 2009 Chevy Impala westbound on Highway 18 when he passed four buggies also going west, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office news release.

That’s when he struck a fifth buggy in the westbound lane of traffic, according to the news release.

The buggy was occupied by Joseph S. Lapp, 24, of rural Fennimore, Sarah M. Lapp, 21
of Fennimore and 8-month-old child.

Herrera’s car struck the buggy on the left side, went through it and struck the horse in the left hind leg breaking the leg, but not killing the horse, according to the news release.

The buggy and occupants came to rest in the soft grass on the right shoulder of Highway 18.

Joseph Lapp and the 8-month-old appeared to have no injuries. Sarah Lapp complained of pain and stiffness in her upper shoulders and back and also thought she hit her head.

However everyone on the buggy refused treatment at the scene.

Herrera was cited for inattentive driving, and unsafe passing.

Sam Brink

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