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BUGGY ACCIDENT: Two Amish teens describe the "heartbreaking" scene

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UPDATE: Two Amish teens pulled over to help the children and described the scene as "heartbreaking".

Mark Detweilier says,"I saw a girl laying in the highway, the demolished buggy and a few other first responders, so we figured it was pretty bad."

Jonas Gingrich says, "It looked like one of the girls maybe flew about 50 feet."

The two pulled over to help.

Both teens have driven a buggy before on that highway and say it can be dangerous with all the cars.

"I drive a buggy daily and a lot of the times, they (cars) will yield and respect us but sometimes somebody is in a hurry. It's kind of scary sometimes," Detweilier says. 

The conditions of all four children are unknown tonight. Three remain at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


Emergency crews were on scene of an accident this morning involving a horse-drawn buggy in Independence. 

According to Nathan Marting, the Jesup Community School Superintendent, four children, ages 6-12, were in a horse-drawn buggy, when a pick up truck hit them from behind in the 1700 block of Fairbank-Amish Boulevard. According to the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, three out of the four children were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals either by ambulance or air care with multiple unknown injuries. 

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says, the pickup truck driver, Justin Annis, 33, of Fairbank was driving southbound in a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck when he struck an un-covered buggy being driven along the shoulder with four children in it. When the buggy attempted to cross into a private drive on the east side of the road, it crossed the path of the pickup truck. Annis's truck ended up in the west ditch.

There are no charges at this time. 

This is a developing story, we'll have more tonight at 5 and 6. 

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