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UPDATE: Three Amish injured in Wisconsin horse and buggy crash with van

UPDATE (5/10): Sheriff Reg Gill reported that the three occupants of the horse and buggy were members of the Amish community, and they were headed home at the time of the crash on Sunday.

The two occupants who were airlifted to UW Hospital in Madison were both males under 18-years of age. One has just been released from the hospital, and the other is expected to be released this evening.

The third occupant was a 19-year old female and she was treated and released at the scene of the crash.

The driver, Matthew J. Westemeier, who hit them is still being investigated for what caused the crash, and if any charges will be pressed against him.

Sheriff Gill also just learned today that the horse had to be put down, due to suffering from a broken leg and recommended by veterinarians.


LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Wisconsin (KWWL) -- A motor vehicle struck a horse and buggy from behind, injuring the buggy's three occupants Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened near the 24000 block of STH 81, in the town of Elk Grove, in Lafayette County.

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle vs buggy crash with injuries.

Belmont EMS, Belmont Fire, Southwest Health EMS and Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched immediately.

The investigation into the crash determined that a 2001 Ford Windstar van struck a single horse and an open buggy, with three occupants, from behind while traveling westbound on STH 81.

The horse, buggy and occupants were pushed into the north ditch and all occupants were ejected from the buggy.

The driver of that van is 39-year old Matthew J. Westemeier of Platteville, WI.

Westemeier was not injured in the collision.

The identities of the occupants have not been released yet, but all three are sustaining injuries from the crash.

One male occupant was transported taken to Southwest Health Hospital and then airlifted to UW Hospital in Madison by UW Medflight, while another male occupant was airlifted directly to UW Hospital in Madison from the scene.

The third occupant was treated at the scene and released.

The horse survived the crash and was returned to its owner.

This motor vehicle crash remains under investigation.

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Dani Miskell

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