‘Drunk’ driver ploughs into horse and cart killing three young Amish kids

‘Drunk’ driver ploughs into horse and cart killing three young Amish kids


THREE young children have been killed after a “drunk driver” rammed his truck into the back of an Amish horse-drawn buggy  The youngsters – aged just two , four and six – died when the carriage was rear-ended by the 4×4 on a rural road in southern Michigan  Another child, aged three, and a woman were seriously injured in Friday’s shocking crash, revealed local police  All seven members of the Amish community on board were thrown from the cart, reports the Washington Post  Two of the children were pronounced dead at the scene in Algansee Township, a small farming community not far from Michigan’s borders with Indiana and Ohio  The other child was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries that eventually proved fatal Who are the Amish and what are their beliefs? The Amish are a group of people who follow the teachings of Jacob Ammann, a 17th-century citizen of Switzerland  It is a Protestant denomination, closely related to the Mennonites.  The Amish, most of whom live in the United States, follow simple customs and refuse to take oaths, vote, or perform military service  They shun modern technology and conveniences. Transportation for the Amish is by horse and buggy  They do not have electricity or telephones in their homes.  The men usually wear beards and pants with buttons instead of zippers  The women wear white head coverings and plain dresses, usually without buttons—they use straight pins to fasten the clothing  The driver of the pickup truck was arrested at the scene, State Police Sgt. Todd Price told reporters  He is now facing three counts of operating while under the influence causing death, two counts of operating while under the influence causing serious injury  The suspect is also facing a felony weapons charge.  He is being held in custody on a $500,000 bond, awaiting a court appearance on Monday morning  The violent crash was eerily reminiscent of a fatal collision three years ago and more than 100 miles away in another rural Michigan town  Three children were killed and nine people were injured in that 2017 accident, when another pickup smashed into a buggy in Sheridan  Michigan has the sixth largest Amish population in America, with around 15,450 people living in Amish communities throughout the state

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