Five children hurt in buggy crash

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TOWN OF SCOTT, Wis. (RELEASE FROM CRAWFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.)-- On Friday March 18, 2016 at 9:38 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. was notified of a vehicle verses Amish buggy accident on US Hwy 61 in Scott Township. Deputies arrived and found that a 1998 GMC truck driven by James Gobin age 86 of Fennimore had struck an Amish buggy occupied by six passengers ranging in ages from 6 to 11.

The Gobin vehicle was North Bound on US HWY 61 going up Mt Zion hill, Gobin was in the slow lane, the horse drawn buggy driven by an 11 year old Mt Zion boy was also North Bound in the slow lane ahead of Gobin. The Gobin vehicle ran into the back of the Horse Drawn buggy. The buggy sustained heavy damage from the collision and three of the passengers were thrown onto the road way. Med Link was called to the scene and transported one of the children to a La Crosse Hospital. Four of the other children were taken to Gunderson Boscobel Area Hospital. The injuries range from head injuries to possible broken bones. The 11 year old driver of the buggy was not injured in the crash. All of the children in the buggy are from the Mt Zion area and were on their way to school. Gobin who was not injured stated that he didn’t see the buggy until he hit it.

The buggy was equipped with a slow moving vehicle sign, hazard, and turn lights.

The horse pulling the buggy was injured when the buggy struck it in the back legs but was treated by a local veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the accident. Others assisting at the scene were the Boscobel Police Dept., Crawford County Highway Dept., Boscobel EMS, Boscobel Fire Dept., Ocooch Mountain Rescue, North Crawford EMS, Scott Township First Responders, and Fry Towing.

Gobin is expected to be charged with inattentive driving.

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