A fatal Friday collision involving an allegedly drunk truck driver and a horse-drawn buggy killed three children, said Michigan State Police.
The Algansee Township crash, in which the pickup truck driver drove into the back of an Amish buggy, threw seven passengers — five children and two adults — from the carriage.
MSP trooper Seth Reed said two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, died on the scene. Three others, including a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old, sustained serious injuries, according to ABC.
The 4-year-old boy later died at a local hospital, Reed said.
The truck driver is 21-year-old Tyler Frye from Angola, Indiana. He has been arrested and was intoxicated at the time of the crash, Reed said.
Frye is charged with 3 counts of operating while under the influence causing death, two counts of operating while under the influence causing serious injury and one count of possessing a firearm while intoxicated.
Injured buggy passengers were taken to hospitals in Kalamazoo and Fort Wayne, Indiana, WSBT-TV reports.
Branch County is home to some of the many Amish communities in Michigan, which has the sixth-largest Amish population of any U.S. state.
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A Michigan buggy-car collision killed one Amish child and injured another in 2017, and another hospitalized a family of three in 2016.
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