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UPDATE: Man in critical condition after horse and buggy crash in north Iowa

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McIntire, IOWA (KTTC) -- An Amish man is in critical condition Friday after a pickup truck collided with his horse and buggy in north Iowa.

The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office said a pickup truck was traveling east on 460th Street, about a 1/2 mile east of Walnut Avenue in McIntire Thursday just before 8:30 a.m. The pickup collided with the horse and buggy.

"The impact was probably not that much due to the horse taking the majority of the impact in the crash but the individual that was in the buggy did get thrown to the ground," said Deputy Sheriff, Gregg Halbach.

According to Halbach, the horse was killed in the accident.  The man driving the buggy was identified as Joni Beachy, 19, of McIntire. Beachy was airlifted to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester by Mercy Air Med. The driver of the pickup truck, Herman Hanson, 71, of LeRoy, was not hurt.

According to Halbach, accidents involving cars and buggies happen at least once a year in Mitchell County.

"It happens every once in awhile in our county due to the large population of Amish and Mennonite in our county," Halbach said.

Halbach offered some advice to drivers everywhere who may come across a horse and buggy on the road.

"Slow down," Halbach said. "Your speed or car could spook the horse which could lead to the horse bolting in front of the car."


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