MSP: 3 children killed when pickup hits buggy

An Oct. 29, 2017 courtesy photo from the scene of the deadly buggy crash. (The Daily News)


EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say three children were killed and six other people were critically injured when a pickup truck crashed into a buggy Sunday morning.

It happened at 8:34 a.m. on Condensary Road at Wood Road in Evergreen Township, southeast of Sheridan.

Police say the truck was eastbound on Condensary Road when it hit the rear of the buggy, which was carrying nine people. Photos provided by The Daily News shows a mangled buggy and a damaged red pickup truck at the scene.

MSP says the three children killed were a 7-year-old girl, 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.

Six other people in the buggy were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Troopers say their injuries are life-threatening.

The driver of the pickup, a Sheridan resident, was not injured, and troopers say he was cooperative.

>>Photos: Deadly buggy crash in Montcalm County

“I was sitting there at the TV, watching TV and I saw the buggies go through and I saw this red pickup go through and all of a sudden I heard ‘bang,'” neighbor Alden Wernette told 24 Hour News 8.

He didn’t see anything when he looked out his window or when he stepped outside.

“Then another buggy went though and just a couple minutes after that, the ambulance went through,” Wernette said. “And I thought, ‘This ain’t good.'”

Troopers say alcohol does not appear to be involved in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

“They should put some signs up here, some horse and buggies stuff like that, to be cautious, but nothing happens. Maybe it will this time,” Wernette said. “About the only thing I can say is slow down.”

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the 12-year-old killed was a girl. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***