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Amish buggy struck by pickup
DIXON, Mo. (Jan. 21, 2009) — A member of Dixon’s Amish community suffered moderate injuries Tuesday afternoon when a pickup truck crashed into his horse-drawn buggy, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Troopers reported that Joseph J. Eicher, 69, of Dixon, was westbound in his buggy on Route C a mile west of Dixon about 1:50 p.m. when a 1992 Toyota pickup driven by Ernest Davis, 82, also of Dixon, crested a hill and failed to stop before striking the rear of the buggy.

Eicher suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla for treatment. His buggy was totaled and removed from the roadway by people on the scene. No information was immediately available on the condition of Eicher’s horses.

State law does not require seat belts or other restraining devices for horse-drawn vehicles, and Eicher was not wearing a seat belt. Although Davis was not wearing the state-required seatbelt in his pickup, he was not hurt in the crash. His pickup was moderately damaged but was able to be driven from the crash scene.

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