This occurred with a sad outcome in late November.
A woman and her daughter were killed when a semi truck struck the buggy in which they were riding, from behind. A man, who was also occupying the buggy at the time of the crash, survived but was injured and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The people in the truck were not hurt in the fatal motor vehicle accident.
The outcome of many motor vehicle accidents involving trucks is devastating. This is due to the size and weight difference between most trucks and cars. Though not as much as provided by a truck, cars do provide some protection to their occupants. In addition, cars have seat belts that secure occupants inside often minimizing the injuries suffered. Buggies provide even less protection to occupants than cars, which potentially makes collisions with trucks that much more devastating.
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It is unclear what caused the truck to rear-end the buggy. The crash occurred before total darkness. According to a man who lives in the area, the road was not dry at the time of the accident. He said it had some ice and snow on it. Whether this was a contributing factor will likely be determined in the course of the investigation currently being conducted.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Two dead in Mercer County buggy accident,” Aaron Aupperlee, Dec. 3, 2013