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UPDATE: Police say buggy was hit from behind in crash that killed 3 children

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 18, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — Three children are confirmed dead in an Amish buggy accident Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they died in a collision between a horse-drawn buggy and a motor vehicle. Police said the children were found dead at the scene.

Eaton County Sheriff's officials say four children were in that buggy traveling west on Vermontville Highway when a car ran into it from behind at 3:19 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Police said the fourth child was found seriously injured and was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Authorities believe the buggy was on the way home from an Amish school when the crash happened.

"We're trying to do everything we can through our victim advocates, through our support personnel to provide as much aid and comfort as we can to them and help them deal with horrific tragedy. it's an unspeakable loss for any parent to lose their children in a manner like this is just difficult to imagine," Jeffery Cook, Eaton County undersheriff said.

Police said the children were all siblings from a local family between the ages of 6 and 13.

“It is difficult to find words to describe this horrific tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the parents who are enduring such unimaginable loss and grief, and also to their extended family and close community. Our Victim Advocates are assisting the family, and we will continue to provide our support and resources. We grieve with them,” Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich said.

Police said the driver of the car was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Vermontville Highway has since been reopened following the crash.

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