An Illinois man is being held at the Christian County Jail after a tractor-trailer he was driving hit a horse-drawn buggy, killing a young Amish girl and injuring three members of her family Friday night on Fort Campbell Boulevard, police said

Mark Bohms, 52, is being held for murder, operating a vehicle under the influence, criminal mischief and three counts of assault, according to the Christian County Jail’ s website.

A Kentucky State Police drug recognition expert evaluated Bohms, who drives for Schneider National Carrier based in Green Bay, Wis., at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and suspected Bohms of being under the influence of some kind of drug. Blood and urine tests are pending and could take several weeks, according to a Hopkinsville police report.

The accident occurred at 8:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes between Interstate 24 and Crenshaw Boulevard, which is the entrance to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Bohms, was behind the buggy, driven by Abram Smoker, 58, of Herndon, in the right lane, said Hopkinsville Police Department spokesman Paul Ray.

Bohms attempted to move into the left lane but could not shift over soon enough to avoid hitting the buggy. Barber Smoker, 3, was pronounced dead at the scene, Ray said.

Helicopters flew all three of the injured buggy occupants to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Steve Futrell, public information officer for the Hopkinsville Fire Department.

Abram Smoker, Susie Smoker, 52, and Katie Smoker, 5, all of Herndon, are all in stable condition and are still at the medical center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Ray said two horses pulled the buggy. One horse was killed in the accident. The other horse apparently broke free and ran away. The buggy was virtually flattened and its wheels were knocked off.

Bohms was able to stop his tractor-trailer along the left shoulder of the highway. As police and ambulance personnel attended to the victims, he sat outside the tractor-trailer.

He sobbed with his head in his hands.

The northbound side of the boulevard remained closed late Friday night. One lane of traffic was open on the southbound side.

Ray said Bohms did not appear to be injured.

Go to kentuckynewera.com for updates to the story.

Reach Jennifer P. Brown at 270-887-3236 or jpbrown@kentuckynewera.com.

(90) comments

Abba7
Abba7

This is just such a terrible accident but to just let people know the toxicology report came back negative as American said it would. Not trying to be an idiot but I'm wondering it this paper might stand up and update the public on THAT newsworthy item? This doesn't make it any easier for the Amish family and I wish peace for them, but it's part of the truth of the investigation, which would be a good thing to strive for, The truth.

AMERICAN
AMERICAN


HIGHWAYS ARE POSTED MIN. AND MAX SPEED LIMITS WHICH BUGGIES DON'T ABIDE BY BUT WE HAVE TO.
WE HAVE TO WEAR SEAT BELTS, HAVE INSURANCE, CAR SEATS, AND PAY TAXES TO TRAVEL ON THE ROADS.
I THINK THEY SHOULD FOLLOW SAME RULES, HAVE NOTHING AGAINST AMISH ,TALK TO SOME OF THEM ALOT. THEY HAVE RED BLOOD JUST LIKE ALL OF US ,WERE ALL WERE PUT ON THIS EARTH BY GOD . PLEASE JUST PUT YOURSELF IN THE TRUCK DRIVERS SHOES,HE WAS NOT DRUNK OR ON DRUGS . TESTS WILL PROVE IT.

thehartsockfamily
thehartsockfamily

Our Hearts too go out to this Amish Family but also the Trucker Driver too! We have a Daughter who drives a Semi too & know she & all the Semi Drivers are tested for Drugs & Alcohol & Schneider NEVER would let One of their People drive under the influence. We have alot of questions. What did the Police actually find? What was the Buggy doing out at this time of night? Did the Buggy have the right Visual Signs, Lights, etc...? Is there any Laws on the Buggy? People need to Understand & Remember, a Semi can't Stop on a Dime. One can't out Beat Them, Pull Out in Front of Them or not only does One put Their Lives at Risk but the Trucker Driver too! Hopefully, Everything will be looked into this Horrible Accident & the Truck Driver gets a Good Attorney who knows the Laws. Our Prayers goes out to this Amish Family but Especially the Truck Driver as well!

sir ryan
sir ryan

OK...let me end all this right here.

Letspayourfairshare said "Oh and I forgot a few more things, most of them have no health insurance so those three family members staying at the hospital are being paid for on your dime. Again not saying they should not have care, ...blah blah blah...Not in a buggy getting on the interstate."

First, they dont need health insurance. They have enough cash in their community to buy the hospital.
Second, the buggy is thier means of travel.
There was no hill, like someone said.
They were NOT on the interstate, like some people have said.
The driver was going roughly the speed limit at dusk closing in very fast. When I looked in my rearview mirror (yesI WAS THERE in the southbound lane) NO brake lights, no attempt to change lanes. The driver never knew until he hit them. There was NO attempt to change lanes whatsoever.

ifyouonlyknew
ifyouonlyknew

Illegal drugs were found in the cab of the truck and drug dogs were going crazy while the truck was being unloaded.Oh by the way, he failed three count them THREEEEE field soberity tests. When the family was hit it was not dark and the buggy had flashing LED lights.Mr. Smoker was trying to get out of the way when he saw the truck barreling down on them. Amish do pay property taxes and income taxes. They sent the government back the stimulus checks because the government needed the money more than they do. Can you say the same?? If you are going to comment you should get your facts straight.Also the child killed was the grandchild of the people hurt.The amish pay for their own medical bills,they are not on any government assistance ie..... food stamps or medicaid.Just because the are God loving people and choose to not have outside distractions,people want to judge. If we all had the faith and forgiveness they have it would be a much better world.

MajorPayneNDiaz
MajorPayneNDiaz

Reality Majority said: "Guys/gals, a truck driver, high and/or under the influence, struck and killed a little girl, injured her family and destroyed their vehicle."

thussaiththewalrus said: "Amythest: YOU SAID: "Aren't you all a bunch of judgmental pricks. No one said he 'was drunk'. It's quite possible he was taking prescription medication, has anyone thought of that??"
When a Highway Patrolman writes you up for "DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE" he is not talking about someone who took an aspirin! He is arresting someone who is HIGH AS A KITE (he can smell it on their breath and can see it in their eyes) and if he has enough evidence to arrest, then that means you have been drinking and driving!!!
Additional charges can be brought if the illegal drug charge develops with more testing! Driving under the influence IS A GIVEN! That has been proven by the arresting officer. Do not confuse booze with drug testing which will take more time"

TO BOTH OF YOU: Until such time as you can put a Lab Report in my hands, you're both out of line. That "guilty until proven innocent" canard is wearing mighty thin.

If the drug and alcohol testing reports come back negative, are you willing to retract what you said?

12317
12317

No they do not have health insurance, but there church has alot of money collected thru out the year to help in cases where one of their members need it. And when it falls on someone else hitting them and causes them to go to the hospital it falls on the one who hit them. That is why we have auto insurance.

We should always be on the look out anytime we are driving a vehicle. Animals can dart out at any given time, usually without a sign warning you. As can children. At least our state has signs warning us of the buggies. But we are apparently to busy with speeding down the road, texting, singing or whatever to pay attention

wayne_m
wayne_m

I know they have their warts. They are human, too.
But as a group, in all of the dealings I have had with them, they have been better (again, as a group,) than any other group (as a group) of Americans. I've always loved doing business with them, because I know that when I do, I will get paid what was agreed, and I won't get lawyered to death trying to settle accounts. When I pay for work, I know that the work will be done properly and completely, and there won't be all sorts of sudden charges at the last minute for "unforeseen circumstances."
Oddly enough, it's the Amish and the Mormons who seem to be best in these regards. Mostly because their own communities don't put up with that kind of foolishness.

butterfly
butterfly

To: tsugakentucky

Thanks for your post! That is exactly what I have been saying and feeling about how inappropriate the photo was of the driver and the caption about him sobbing. Of all the accidents I have read about over the years I have never seen a photo of one of the victims posted on the front page exploiting his pain. I hope they do not stoop this low in the next accident story to post a picture of someone actually killed. I am sure they (KY New Era) knew they would hear about it if they plastered the dead horse's picture instead of the driver of the semi.

Letspayourfairshare
Letspayourfairshare

Oh and I forgot a few more things, most of them have no health insurance so those three family members staying at the hospital are being paid for on your dime. Again not saying they should not have care, but and when their kids turn 18 unlike mine that has to register for military service, they do not. And that time of night, a three year old should have her pajamas on and getting ready to go to bed. Not in a buggy getting on the interstate.

tsugakentucky
tsugakentucky

The family who are the ones suffering ask for people to pray for the truck driver who is suffering.

tsugakentucky
tsugakentucky

The girl's death is absolutely a very sad, tragic episode that we see periodically around here. People not from here don't know to watch out for our local Mennonite and Amish people. Hopefully, things will get better when 41A from Oak Grove to Hopkinsville will have wide shoulders. That doesn't help this sad event now. I am sorry for the family's loss.

But, it is also pretty low of Kentucky New Era to put the truck driver on the front page crying his eyes out. Yes, he is going to live with this the rest of his life, but to exploit his pain and sorrow that most of us can't even begin to understand is pretty low. This is a small community local paper and, yes, this is news, but I like to think in our rural part of the country we are not so low as the large city papers.

getreal
getreal

[smile][wink][sad][beam][innocent][rolleyes][sleeping][whistling][tongue][unsure][angry][blink][cool][crying][lol][scared][sneaky][thumbdown][thumbup][tongue_smile][love][censored][happybirthday][offtopic][spam][ban] That's what all of you amount too!! Alot being said, but also alot of BLAH!! BLAH!!, BLAH!! BLAH!!

wayne_m
wayne_m

@nowhereman:

you can be charged with 3rd degree murder when you knowingly engage in activities that can be reasonably expected to cause death to other people, and as a result of your actions, someone is killed.

The armed robber does not "expect" to kill someone; He only wants to take the money from the register. Yet, when he kills someone, it is not manslaughter, now, is it?

The cops had some reason to suspect that the driver was under the influence of something, and when they get the test results back, they can go on with their case. Until then, he's being held on a charge that makes sure he can't flee. Unfortunately, our justice system does not allow them to keep him long enough to get the results back unless they charge him with something. They did what they felt they had to do.

nowhereman
nowhereman

First he was not on anything i am a driver and we are tested constantly for everything including alcohol CSA2010. Second charging this guy with murder is a joke murder means premeditated I can bet my life that he did not want to kill anyone while driving down the rode, More worthless cops abusing there authority and position and a DA wanting to be famous for being hard on truck drivers. Drunk cop killed two in Miami off duty and he is not being charged even with manslaughter. Cop in Houston shoot a kid in the back at his house and they are not charged for attempted murder or even assault just set free, NY cops r$pe girl of 15 and not charged as s*x offender rapist nothing just placed off the force. the president kills thousands and thousands of Americans for corporate profits built on lies and no impeachment a nothing. Then starts a war with out congressional approval the very definition of treason and not a peep. Then a truck driver accidentally hit a jet black wagon traveling 3 miles per hour on the highway ( slowest legal hi way speed 40mph) and he gets charged with murder. People the cops and DA across the nation are doing ever thing they can to get every one of us in prison for life. Free labor corporate elites love that idea free labor.

Reality Majority
Reality Majority

Guys/gals, a truck driver, high and/or under the influence, struck and killed a little girl, injured her family and destroyed their vehicle. What religious sect they belong to or what kind of vehicle (buggy) they drive is completely irrelevant, here.

Unfortunately it sounds like a lot of you are simply using this little kid's death to verbally unload on a people you just do...not...like (the Amish) -- and, sensing an opportunity, you leaped. I even sense some smug 'they had it coming to them' attitude, in some of these posts.

That's not only tasteless and utterly insensitive to this family (which was doing nothing wrong) but it's really below the belt, and beneath you. The Amish aren't going to hear your muttering because they don't even use the internet...so what, exactly, is your point, here? You're accomplishing nothing, other than showing frankly how unprincipled and flat-out MEAN you are. And I'm not using that word as some limpwristed, overly-touchy-feely campus liberal. I actually mean it, in the full, original meaning of the word: That is a MEAN thing to do.

This family was simply traveling on the road in the vehicle their beliefs allow -- they were freely traveling and practicing their beliefs, just as all of US do with OUR beliefs -- and they've LOST A CHILD, apparently at the hands of a very careless, selfish and irresponsible individual.

To attack THEM does not exactly do you any favors, here.

wayne_m
wayne_m

LindaJ1, your ignorance on the subject and numerous misspellings only serve to alert anyone reading what you post that you should never, under any circumstances, be taken seriously.

And diana. Where to begin?
We'll start simple - Amish never drive their buggies on the interstate. You obviously didn't read the article on which you are commenting, or you may have noticed that this did not happen on an interstate.
Next, you obviously either know nothing about Amish, or have only met one bad one. (They exist, although they are usually shunned, and leave the community.) Aside from the minor problem of body odor, (probably because taking a bath is a very labor-intensive undertaking,) as a group, these are some of the finest people you will ever meet. They are responsible, honest, and willing to work hard to get what they need or want.
They pay their bills, they don't run up mountains of debt, they don't accuse people of things they didn't do, they don't get drunk and get in brawls or pee or vomit all over everything... They don't do a lot of things that all classes of whites, blacks, mexicans... and especially college students do regularly.
In short, I'd rather have them as neighbors than 4/5 of non-Amish Americans.

Letspayourfairshare
Letspayourfairshare

My problem is the Amish (at least in Pa) pay no real state taxes of any kind including the big one, a gas tax, which go directly to our upkeep of roads. They also do not pay to register their buggies and have no form of inspection for them so the wheels could be ready to fall off and they can still drive them, nothing can be done. Yet we continue to let them drive on public roads, their horses defecate all over the streets which they never clean up causing issues and they pay no taxes. We even pick up their kids for school in buses paid for by tax payers. Maybe they should not have been on this road to begin with considering they do not pay for the upkeep to uses them..

LindaJ1
LindaJ1

Here we go again Pointing and Blaming this man for killing a child and injuring her family, I want to ask if you have ever made a mistake while driving? any one driving anything without lites on it after 8:30 pm needs to keep off the road, the Department of Motor Vehicles need to rethink some things they made legal, like Farm equipment being driven on PAVED ROADS of any kind if we need head lites so do they if we need tail and stop lites for people to see us so do they, It's not exactly the Truck Drivers fault it had to be dark, How do u see a Black buggy in the dark with out lites then charge that Driver with Murder for hitting it? you don't know what he saw your not there driving his truck, no one is going to run into a Buggy or anything else on purpose, to charge people with murder or manslaughter for an accident is wrong I don't care how you look at it! I'm so sorry for the family that got hurt and lost an Angel of their own however it's plain wrong to let these people drive buggies without safety equipment they don't let people ride Motorcycles( off the road ) without lites and the proper equipment this is the 21st Century changes should be made and one should be that any thing used for transportation on a major road needs to have the proper lites or stay off the road I don't care what religion you are use some common since! [angry]

Marcus Porcius
Marcus Porcius

@thussaiththewalrus: Is it hard being so wrong all the time?

"First of all, he has been charged with DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE! Perhaps you might get a Highway Patrolman to explain to you what that means."

Actually, I do know what it means. "DWI/DUI is an abbreviation of driving while under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol) or of any substance or substances which impair driving ability. Other substances can include illegal drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants such as glue, gasoline, spray paint etc., and/or over the counter medications." - http://transportation.ky.gov/drlic/dui/dui_laws.htm

Notice that by definition it does not mean " if he has enough evidence to arrest, then that means you have been drinking and driving!!!" Just as the story does not mention alcohol, being arrested for DUI does not even have to involve alcohol. An arrest means exactly that: an arrest. Guilt has to be proven. That's what trials and evidence, such as the impending lab tests, are for.

As for your aspersions regarding my education, you couldn't be more wrong. I did go to public schools, but I did so long before liberalism invaded them. Thus your statements to the effect that I have been "taught (incorrectly) at public schools that everything in life is equal and open to interpretation. That people are all the same. That no one has any ability that is superior to any others. You have been taught (incorrectly) that all matter is equivalent, and that opinion is the same as fact, and that subjective is the same as objective" are ignorant, unsupported, and quite factually incorrect.

For instance, if I thought all people were the same, I would say that you are just as intelligent as anyone else who has commented here. And I'm certainly not willing to say that.

dianajagger
dianajagger

@Turkey Trot. I'm actually a very compassionate and kind person ~ which is why I so dislike these people. Maybe you need to see one of them whipping a half-starved horse - not at all an uncommon site in Amish country - to understand. We have such a romanticized and unrealistic idea of who these people are and the law has made such ridiculous allowances for them. Let's be honest here...what moron drives a horse and buggy on an interstate? Might it be that this Amish "gentleman" was being a little "in your face" to modern society? Might he have been trying to show us "look what I can do and you have to accomodate me?" What about the hazard he was creating for automobile drivers - is that not a legitimate question? While there's nothing to be happy about in this situation, I can't stomach some of the misguided outpouring of emotion for this buffoon and his family who chose to ride along and show their defiance to the rest of us.

butterfly
butterfly

To: thussaiththewalrus

with the comment: DRUNKS CRY!!!

The photo I was referring to was with the first article that came out in the KY New Era. If I am not mistaken, nowhere in the first article did it state that he was drunk. We did even know about the arrest until way after the paper was out.

My point was that drunk or sober anyone that was just involved in an accident where someone was killed would be upset. Obviously, you think you would be a real man and not show emotion or cry since you must stay sober. It was stupid to plaster the man drunk, sober, high, or whatever and talk about him sobbing. That photo and caption was out of line period.

karma
karma

That's part of the construction that is going on now on that road. They are adding a buggy lane on each side. Too bad it's too late for this family.

jdog11
jdog11

Okay...so the amish are all about primitively driving these buggies...they need to primitively construct their own dirt paths and stay off the road.

The amish buggy driver should be jailed too for risking the lives of his family on a major highway at 8:30 pm on a saturday... The guilt lies 80% with the truck driver...20% with buggy driver for being stupid,

common_sense
common_sense

@ thussaidthewalrus... I'm not going to get into an argument via a website but I would like to address your comments. First off I think it would be hard for me to comment on this story without first reading the article. How else could parts of the article be quoted? That's a ridiculous statement !

Secondly, try taking your own advice. Nowhere in the article does it say this driver was high or driving like a maniac. That is a conclusion YOU came to! This is not fact. Where you present when the accident happened? Did you see the driver taking drugs? This is exactly the kind of rushing to judgement that I was referring to.

"A Kentucky State Police drug recognition expert evaluated Bohms, who drives for Schneider National Carrier based in Green Bay, Wis., at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and suspected Bohms of being under the influence of some kind of drug. Blood and urine tests are pending and could take several weeks, according to a Hopkinsville police report."

Notice the ending of the first sentence. Read the sentence aloud. Pay special attention to the word SUSPECTED. I suspect you are imbecile. However, I could be wrong. The point: just because the man is suspected to have been under the influence doesn't mean a thing. What if he was totally sober. Do you actually think he intentionally hit the buggy? Is it possible he wanted to kill people, ruin his career, go through the agony of killing a child? I highly doubt it.

Finally, I never claimed to be a lawyer so it doesn't surprise me that you wouldn't retain my services as one. However, I do have knowledge of the law and you are totally ignorant to the reason why our legal system is the best in the world. Guilty until proven innocent is not just a bunch of words I put together for sake of argument. The presumption of innocence is a legal RIGHT (look it up) that we all have as Americans. In other words, I could SAY that you murdered someone. What If the police just took my word for it and arrested and sentenced you? That wouldn't be a very pleasant journey, would it?

Finally, instead of personal attacks and speculation why not look at the facts as they are presented in this well written article. We do not have to agree but there are certain legal rights that can not be ignored. When the majority begins to think as you do, this country will fall. I wish everyone involved in this terrible situation well!

Thinkaboutit
Thinkaboutit

This is very sad! I hate all this talk about how things should be with buggies. We all used to have horse and buggies. I understand that technoligy went on without them but there is nowhere that it is writen that everyone has to live the same way. I live in a place where Amish, Trators and Four wheelers are on the roads. When you live in the country you expect to see things like that. Stop hating on the amish just because they live the simple life. My heart goes out to both the Families. This world now a days is full of haters it makes me sick. Slow down enjoy life and God bless us all!!!!!

Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot

SAD, SAD tragedy. 41A is dark near that part, especially at 8:30 pm. There is road construction going on and lane shifts and all. People drive faster than the posted 55 mph on this road. This truck driver was clearly remorseful and shaken. I believe it was an accident. People get in wrecks all the time on 41A. It's just that when a lightweight horse-drawn buggy is pitted against a giant tractor-trailer, it's no contest. Prayers for this family and for the driver. He has to live with the outcome of this accident and is being charged with murder on top of it. Sad all the way around.

thussaiththewalrus
thussaiththewalrus

Butterfly: DRUNKS CRY!!!

thussaiththewalrus
thussaiththewalrus

Amythest: YOU SAID: "Aren't you all a bunch of judgmental pricks. No one said he 'was drunk'. It's quite possible he was taking prescription medication, has anyone thought of that??"

When a Highway Patrolman writes you up for "DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE" he is not talking about someone who took an aspirin! He is arresting someone who is HIGH AS A KITE (he can smell it on their breath and can see it in their eyes) and if he has enough evidence to arrest, then that means you have been drinking and driving!!!

Additional charges can be brought if the illegal drug charge develops with more testing! Driving under the influence IS A GIVEN! That has been proven by the arresting officer. Do not confuse booze with drug testing which will take more time.

Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot

Wow, diana, such compassion. You are truly a saint. May you be the recipient of the same level of kindness which you have shown here.

thussaiththewalrus
thussaiththewalrus

Common_Sense: YOU SAID: "While we can all agree that this accident was tragic, it was just that -an accident! All too often people jump to conclusions whenever ANY accident occurs. There is always someone who thinks 'wow, that guy must have been drunk or high.' The fact is they are called accidents for a reason."

TRY READING THE ARTICLE!!! Accidents are called accidents, but THIS IS BEING CALLED MURDER!!! And, this is being called DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE!!! And, this is being called CRIMINAL MISCHIEF!!! And, this is being called THREE COUNTS OF ASSAULT!!!

You simply cannot "remove" SIX FELONY COUNTS by lecturing a few posters that YOU think this is an accident! We have all seen accidents, but this perp is being charged with MURDER!!!!!! Perhaps you can lecture all the cops, firemen, EMT's, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, judges, and witnesses, that this ACT OF WILLFUL AGGRESSION (against a defenseless family) was an "accident." But I doubt you will convince a single one of them, when the victim is a tiny little Amish girl, who did not do a single thing wrong. The PERP was HIGH and DRIVING LIKE A MANIAC!!!! That is NOT an accident!

YOU SAID: "What happened to innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?"

In the first place, there is no such plea! You are just putting words together (talk about not wanting these folks on the jury, I would not want you as a lawyer, since you have no working knowledge of the law, only "stuff" your are making up in your head)! This is like talking to a wall, but for others who are reading this, the "innocent until proven guilty" is a way for men to post bail while awaiting trial. This is a reflection of life in English prisons in the 18th century. If a man were found "guilty" he would immediately go to prison and never have a trial. That does not mean he is "innocent" because most are not!

thussaiththewalrus
thussaiththewalrus

Votersofny: Anyone who has passed English 101 understands that ad hominem attacks mean automatic loss by default. Your willingness to name-call is proof that your vocabulary is limited, and that you never learned how to argue.

And, your inability to understand that we are not all required to "drive" the same kinds of vehicles, is proof of your inability to understand the law. Your "opinion" has zero influence regarding the law. So, get a grip and deal with life as it is, not as you pontificate it to be!

Your willingness to blame an innocent dead child, and defend someone charged with "murder, driving under the influence, criminal mischief and three counts of assault . . ." is simply bizarre!

thussaiththewalrus
thussaiththewalrus

Marcus Porcius: YOU SAID THE FOLLOWING: "LOL @ Bird2112: 'Reading for Comprehension must not have been part of your schooling.' Apparently it wasn't part of YOURS either. The word 'drunk' does not appear in the story. The word 'alcohol' does not appear in the story. In fact, it even says he is suspected of being under the influence of some kind of DRUG. It also says that blood and urine tests aren't even back to prove it."

Marcus: Before you jump on Bird, let's examine the statements in the article that you seem to have missed. First of all, he has been charged with DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE! Perhaps you might get a Highway Patrolman to explain to you what that means. Second, he was ARRESTED on the scene. That means the "arresting officers" believed that he was not fit to drive a vehicle which is WHY he was arrested. Third, he is also being tested for ILLEGAL DRUGS (his level of intoxication from booze has already been established! What the "expert" is looking for is a combination of booze and drugs (both legal and illegal). Fourth, you have NO REASON to "doubt" an expert other than your own prejudice. You have been taught (incorrectly) at public schools that everything in life is equal and open to interpretation. That people are all the same. That no one has any ability that is superior to any others. You have been taught (incorrectly) that all matter is equivalent, and that opinion is the same as fact, and that subjective is the same as objective.

THEN YOU SAID: "Until that proof comes in, all you people screaming about throwing the book at him, stupid drunks, etc. should just keep quiet, especially since it's obvious you neither read nor comprehended the facts of the story."

Marcus: When a suspect is being ". . . HELD FOR MURDER, OPERATING A VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, AND THREE COUNTS OF ASSAULT . . ." that is NOT due to the influence of a single "drug expert." That is due to AN ENTIRE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT!!

And, Marcus it is not your job to tell others to "keep quiet" especially since it's obvious that you neither read nor "comprehended" the "facts" of the story.

Marcus, you need to understand the difference between an accident and MURDER!!! And, you need to understand the difference between possible drug usage and DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE!!! You have missed a great deal in your pontificating in favor of this "man" who willfully drove under the influence and committed murder!!!

Lt Scrounge
Lt Scrounge

This is a tragic accident. Before we crucify anyone, let's find out ALL of the facts. Was this truck driver used to driving in an area frequented by horses and buggies? That's an important question because, unlike a motor vehicle, horses can be a bit jumpy if another vehicle gets too close. If the driver was a bit too close to suit the horses with the tractor, the horses could've jerked to one side and thrown the buggy just enough to one side as to catch the wheels of the trailer. Especially if the truck driver misjudged the speed of the buggy and was too close to it when he tried to pass. It doesn't take much for a trailer loaded with 30,000 to 40,000 lbs to flatten a horse buggy that might way 500 lbs.

Everyone has a right to drive wagons on the roads as long as they follow the same laws involving slow moving vehicles.

Eli
Eli

@votersofny
Because you're wrong that's why. There's exceptions in traffic law to allow 'slow moving vehicles' on roadways well pretty much everywhere in North America. The problem here is either the driver of the buggy didn't follow the law(move, and remain right). Or the truck driver didn't obey the law, slow down then pass to the left. And/or maintain safe operation of their vehicle.

Simply because you don't understand traffic law, doesn't make you correct, and everyone else wrong. It makes you ignorant of the law. Nothing more, nothing less.

votersofny
votersofny

I got a lot of flack for saying that buggies shouldn't be on the same road as a TRACTOR TRAILER!! What is wrong with you dopes that can't see that? You are probably the same morons that voted for Obozo and will vote for him AGAIN. Oil and water. Nitro and Glycerin. Tracker trailers and buggies. They all don't mix well.

brooklynhitman
brooklynhitman

extremely tragic as far as experts go I always love experts what makes them experts I drive for a living too and my believe is you dont go outthere to take someones live to make a dateline on a delivery one second is all it takes when you drive a rig and lives can be turn upside down...my heart goes out to the families and as far as the amish and their boogies they have as much a right to be outhere as joe blows have to express themselves....

common_sense
common_sense

While we can all agree that this accident was tragic, it was just that -an accident! All too often people jump to conclusions whenever ANY accident occurs. There is always someone who thinks "wow, that guy must have been drunk or high." The fact is they are called accidents for a reason. The Department of Transportation has rules in effect for any commercial driver involved in an accident such as this. Unless this "drug recognition expert" has some kind of new technology implanted in his brain, there is NO WAY to know if he was under the influence of an ILLEGAL drug for sure. It's purely circumstantial and I believe it was premature to charge this man with murder. What happened to innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? To all you fools screaming lock him up and throw away the key-I hope you never sit on a jury. Let's see what the test results are before condemning the driver. Imagine what he has already endured having killed a child and watching her family suffer all at the same time.

War_Eagle
War_Eagle

@ CheckMeOut...

You said, "The only reason they are ven allowed to use them is because they tie it to their religion, you think I could use a SOAP BOX BERBY car on that same road with a tractor trailer? NUTS I tell you and the Parents should know better. Too bad the child was not blessed with the gift of a parent actually living in the 20th century![/quote]

Actually, this isn't true. Anybody at all is permitted to have a buggy or wagon or a horse on a public road, as long as they follow the laws regarding them.

My wife and my children and I ride our horses into town all the time (sometimes, such as when going to the parade this past weekend, with a wagon). Perfectly legal and has nothing to do with our religion.

Unfortunately, there is a mindset in this country - and you seem to be one of its chief proponents - that you are the only one who matters and that everybody else must defer to you. That's just not the case.

One day, when you're grown up, you're going to look back on the cruel things you've said and the selfish things you brag about doing and you're going to regret it.

NowYouKnow
NowYouKnow

Big city newspapers don't present stories that are this well written. This writer names names and rolls out the story in a fashion that gives the reader a clear understanding of the who, what, where, when and why. Well done.

donnalh
donnalh

i feel sorry for family...we where on that road and just passed the buggy.. that's a danger there b/c the trucks coming out of there does not watch what they are doing..and if the man was on drugs then he should think...i just took a 3 year old life and hurt other people..we seen the buggy and you could see it good..i just don't understand why he couldn't..unless he was drug-ed up and in that case why was he driving that truck in the first place...that is a bad road b/c of the trucks...but think about how many cars passed that buggy safely ......i don't fell sorry for him b/c if its true what the paper said then he needs to be charged with murder..if anyone gets behind a wheel knowing that they have drink-ed,done drugs,what ever...they need to be charged ....some people needs to think it was a 3 year old that lost her life in this ....she will never see her family again...

getreal
getreal

My thoughts and prayers go out to all( both driver and the amish family) that was envolved in this accident, but the fact is that until you yourself is put in this situation have no reason for any kind of judgement whether the driver was in the right or wrong. Where you in the truck with him, I don't think so. The true statement of this situation is that nobody respects anybody out there on these roads these days. Especially 18 wheelers,motorcycles,horse drawn buggies or whatever is on the road. "truck driver with his head up his a$$" PRICELESS!! Ten thousand comedians trying to get noticed and we get one that wants to join them! COME ON PEOPLE, ACT YOUR AGE and show some respect and dignity!

Rob
Rob

To Trucker's Wife: There was no hill involved - just a truck driver with his head up his a$$ thinking the entire roadway is his. I travel that road to/from work and there are signs depicting horse-drawn carriages - even if it was the driver's first time to the Distribution Center he would have seen the signs. He ignored it and now three people are injured, one child is dead, along with one horse and their mode of transportation. The driver should be sobbing - he's a murderer.

sugarpop
sugarpop

As I read these comments it is so sad at the ignorance being displayed by too many. I am very familiar with this family (personally) and also the road they were traveling on. It is a 4 lane highway with flashing signs warning about buggies. The Amish were promised an extra lane years ago but nothing ever came of it. Now I hope it will get done. Quit displaying your hatred towards these hard working folks who share willingly when anyone has a disaster and show some respect.

wayne_m
wayne_m

@Perseus:

Time warp; 1930. Perseus posts:

"As I read this story, I can't help thinking about how anxious some alcohol users are about legalizing alcohol and decriminalizing alcohol use. If that ever becomes the law of the land, not only will we have to deal with people who are high on weed or even harder drugs, but also many more alcoholic drivers..."
(weed and harder drugs were available, and some were actually legal at the time. Marijuana wasn't made illegal until 1937, and it has never been very hard to get opiates. They are perfectly legal even now, with a prescription.)

Perseus317
Perseus317

As I read this story, I can't help thinking about how anxious some drug users are about legalizing drugs and decriminalizing drug use. If that ever becomes the law of the land, not only will we have to deal with alcoholic drivers, but also many more people who are high on weed or even harder drugs. Problem is, that it is much harder to test the level of intoxication for drugs than it is for alcohol, and so more DUI drivers will be out on the road, ready to cause another tradgedy like this one. If people make the choice to drink and drive, or do drugs and drive, then they deserve to be punished severely for making a poor choice. The public deserves to be protected from those who would thoughtlessly endanger everyone by driving while under the influence.

7180
7180

@ loving woman enlighten me as to what comment that was made that was uncalled for?? the comment that I am going to pay for one day??

@ checkmeout "You are the epitomy of Ignorance" Why is that?? Could it be because i disagree with you?? To each his own. Look at stastics you freaking moron. Are there more tractor-trailer buggy accidents ending in tragedy or more tractor-trailer car accidents ending in tragedy.

AmyStone1987
AmyStone1987

Who are you to be so ignorant; talking about Amish should stay off of our PUBLIC roads... That says it all there PUBLIC ROADS!!!! Let me guess you live inside the city and do not know anything about these people. Let me in lighten you, they are the most friendly, caring, and honest people! They have bigger hearts then everyone here... Why don't you grow up and criticize someone else and by the way who do you think you are to talk about their religion and their faith. They do not about yours! As for they should not be on the roads, that is a load of horse poo! They make signs to signal the caution of motor vehicles for the Amish community but yet people still decide to ignore those signs and the way you are talking I am guessing you are one of them.

I have lived on the same road as many of these Amish families, I have grown to know there way of life and respect it and in all honesty our ancestors rode in horse drawn carriages! So who are you to knock our heritage and these people who are mourning the loss of their little girl!

People want to say they should not be painted black, EXCUSE ME, they are all lit up and you obviously need to have your eyes checked if you cannot see them! They have reflectors and flashing lights! Ya'll say the orange reflector is not enough, that is NOT the only thing on the back or front of them... they have flashing lights, they have head lights... I mean that is like someone saying you can't have a BLACK CAR!!!!!!

Yes you are right roads do have a minimum speed limit in which OUR community does not... due to the fact of the farming and Amish community. Who are we to tell the agriculture and Amish families they cannot use the road... Maybe everyone complaining and calling these people NAUSINCE should become a little less impatient and enjoy life a little more! This is why this is a SMALL community and NOT a huge CITY!!! If you don't like it maybe you ought to move instead of trying to point out who should or shouldn't be on our roads!

truckerswife
truckerswife

Artemis133 said: "... you have to question a sick system that prods drivers to use drugs and run two sets of log books to make delivery deadlines." Many big trucking companies such as Schneider's (the company for whom this trucker was driving) now use electronic log books and do not prod drivers to use drugs.

I read somewhere else that the driver was cresting a hill, and on the other side of the hill was the buggy. I'm sure he knew there was no way he could have braked and stopped that truck in time, so his only other option was to try to avoid the buggy. Unfortunately, those huge things are not very nimble. [sad]

SteveInTexas
SteveInTexas

Tragic..... Not to attempt to point blame here.... but roadways have a maximum speed limit.... don't they also have a minimum speed limit.
My prayers go out to all involved

loving woman
loving woman

as for u number 7180 ur comment was uncalled for. a child dies and u make that comment u will pay 4 it one day.

Red
Red

So sad....praying for all that were involved and their families.

wayne_m
wayne_m

And for what it's worth, it doesn't matter if the buggies are painted black. For one thing, they have reflectors, and every buggy I've ever seen has a flashing red or orange light on the rear. For another, a professional driver should know that you should not be driving so fast that you cannot stop when you encounter a road hazard, such as a deer, in these areas where there are (surprise!) deer that like to run on the roads. Deer do not have reflectors or lights. If you are driving in such a manner that you can avoid deer, then you will definitely not have a problem with buggies, even if they have no lights or reflectors at all.
I speak from ten years of experience as a truck driver, on roads like these (including several years driving in and out of Hopkinsville on a daily basis.)

wayne_m
wayne_m

I used to drive a big rig in this area daily, and have driven many roads around Amish communities. More than once I have driven behind buggies, and I have never even come close to getting into a wreck with them.
This is because I was aware that they are out there, I was paying attention, and I did not try to do any risky maneuvers around them.
There is no excuse for an accident like this. If they had pulled out from a side street in front of him, I could see it, but rear-ending them? Nope.
If the guy was on drugs of any kind (which we don't know yet) then they need to try him for murder and at a minimum lock him up for the rest of his life, but preferably send him off for the eternal dirt nap.
If not, and if it was truly just an accident, then negligent homicide would be appropriate, and let the family decide what to do with him. Since they are Amish, I would think we could trust them to be fair and just.

As for them driving on the public roads: That's just it! They are public roads! These people contribute enough to their communities, and don't consume much in the way of public services; It is a small price to pay to "put up with" their slow-moving vehicles once in a while.
Get over yourselves, people. You aren't better than they are just because you choose to drive a car and spend your money on toys and gadgets. If you are in such a hurry that their slow vehicles inconvenience you, then you should slow down, leave home a little earlier, and maybe think about someone other than yourself for a while.

SoCMom
SoCMom

Just heard from a first-person source that the child's family is asking only for prayers for the truck driver. Perhaps this request should be honored and the rest of this saved until at least after the funeral.

AMERICAN
AMERICAN

Hey Whatever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY ? I bet there is not a one of you that has not driven a vechile UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. If you take TYLENOL, ADVIL ETC. it same as prscription DRUG. I have nothing against AMISH , but I do believe like some one already mentioned they should paint buggies something besides Black and have there on lane to travel on. They are very hard to see at night for I myself have come close to hitting a few. We have to remember EVERYONE IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. My PRAYERS are for the TRUCK DRIVER AND FAMILY AND FOR THE AMISH FAMILY. It is hard enough for any person to go through no matter who they are,

checkmeout
checkmeout

"@checkmeout--so its the parents fault for putting their child in the back of a horse drawn buggy."

Well 7180...YES IT IS! I would NEVER put my kid in the back of a phacking Buggy. Oh don't tell me its the equal of placing a kid in a car seat because ITS NOT! Did you read the part that said the buggy was basically FLATTENED and the WHEELS ALL FELL OFF? HELLO what part of HIGH STRENTH STEEL (car) VS WOODEN FURRING STRIPS COVERED WITH LUWAN OR CLOTH (Buggy)dont you get?
The only reason they are ven allowed to use them is because they tie it to their religion, you think I could use a SOAP BOX BERBY car on that same road with a tractor trailer? NUTS I tell you and the Parents should know better. Too bad the child was not blessed with the gift of a parent actually living in the 20th century!
And what about the part about not cleaning up their Horse CHIT?

You are the epitomy of Ignorance. Wise up before you open you're pie hole next time. [wink]

mistercooldude
mistercooldude

Vehicles that are not gasoline or diesel powered should not be allowed on public roads until the local, state, or federal authority that maintains a specific public road determines how to collect a tax or toll to maintain the road. Most money to maintain public roads come from fuel taxes. If you don't buy fuel, then you don't pay fuel taxes. So horse drawn buggies, bicycles, and electric cars should not be using public roads until they pay their fair share. If you don't pay for it, you shouldn't use it. And if your horse takes a dump on the road, its just common sense that you should clean it up. Otherwise, they should be fined for public littering.

www_iwantmore_ws
www_iwantmore_ws

What a tragedy. Hope they throw away the key on this one.

SoCMom
SoCMom

Anytime a person chooses to travel via slow-moving means on a busy highway, it is obviously somewhat riskier than a closed vehicle traveling at a normal pace or driving on less busy back roads. That being said, if the truck driver was indeed under the influence, which we DO NOT YET KNOW, he has committed a criminal act of murder, regardless of the victim's method of travel. This is no different that a victim who was hit while riding a bicycle, horse, tractor, etc. People operating those have the same entitlement to the highway as those in vehicles. And as far as tractor trailers being on the same highway as buggies, yes, they are. There are a lot of buggies around here, and they frequently choose to drive on the roadways, as do bicyclists, farmers on tractors, and occasionally pedestrians, and while they do it knowing the risk of accident, all of those people are entitled to travel the roadway without the risk of being hit by a driver under the influence. Prayers for recovery for all involved.

7180
7180

@checkmeout--so its the parents fault for putting their child in the back of a horse drawn buggy. Just a question for you.. Would you be spouting the same trash talk if it had been a child, in a car seat, in the back of a car? I highly doubt it. This tragedy could of just as easily of happened to a child in a car.
A young childs life has been lost. A mere innocent child. I have a grandchild that age. I could not imagine the depth of pain they are going through now.
All of you who are saying its the fault of the Amish, take a step back and rethink what you are saying.
Have any of you seen the white horse drawn buggy around town? Who would you blame if that was the one hit? Would be a totally different story then.
Grow up and learn to live along side of the Amish community as your neighbors. Most of them would lend you a hand in your time of need. Yet, you choose to bash them.

Joker
Joker

I can't believe a TRACTOR TRAILER drives on the SAME ROAD as a BUGGY!!! My goodness, that's an accident waiting to happen, people!!!! You just don't do that! I don't care who you are or where you live!! If there are that many buggies in that community, then make them their own lane, but DON'T PUT THEM WITH TRACTOR TRAILERS!! and YES I'M SCREAMING! Dang!!!

Cheesemaster
Cheesemaster

CheckMeOut - never going to happen, because I don't drive drunk
Amethyst - even if the meds are prescription, you still aren't allowed to drive under their influence.

Love all of these comments about how the Amish need to be off the roads. It isn't just the Amish who ride horses and buggies.

butterfly
butterfly

Well, my husband does NOT work for a radio station, and I commented about the photos. There is a right way to report news, and in my opinion, a photo with the man sobbing after a fatal accident is inappropriate. Anybody with any feeling would have been sobbing, duh...

whoomill
whoomill

OK, this absolutely tragic...,if this guy was DUI, whatever, hang him. BUT.......The fact that we have horse/buggies traveling on highways with tractor trailers is frickin nuts !!!!! God bless the Amish, I travel among them frequently in Ohio and Maryland, and I gotta say, where they dont have their own third lane/berm, THEY are the frickin hazard !!!!

War_Eagle
War_Eagle

We live near Lancaster, Pa, which, as you probably know, has a major Amish population. The problem we have here is that all of the people from the city move here and refuse to respect the Amish or those of us who lived here before they did. They insist on making our beautiful country town just like that godawful city they just left.

People fly up and down the winding curves of Rt. 896 at night at speeds that wouldn't be safe on a straight road in the daytime and I've seen more close calls between these fools and Amish buggies than I care to remember.

We have many Amish friends and my children love to ride in the buggy with them. I just wish people would learn to respect them. Just because they live a different way doesn't mean they're entitled to any less respect than anyone else.

SarahMay
SarahMay

I love the people criticizing the paper for BEING ON THE SCENE and actually reporting the news, even if it is sad. Especially when one of the critic's husband works for a competing radio station. Not biased at all, I'm sure. I believe seeing the man's picture made me feel for him more than if it hadn't been in the paper or even if I had just read his reaction in the article. Even if he did break the law, he did not intend to kill that little girl and it really shows that he's going to live with the terrible burden for the rest of his life. Good job Dana Long!

artemis133
artemis133

If the tractor trailer driver was using speed or whatever, throw the book at him, however, you have to question a sick system that prods drivers to use drugs and run two sets of log books to make delivery deadlines. Rest in peace, little girl, and God bless the rest of the family.

Chris036
Chris036

This was a tragic accident. Let's wait for the results before throwing the book. Even though I also think that the buggies and Tractors should have more lighting than they already have they have the right to be on the road also.

Marcus Porcius
Marcus Porcius

LOL @ Bird2112: "Reading for Comprehension must not have been part of your schooling."

Apparently it wasn't part of YOURS either. The word "drunk" does not appear in the story. The word "alcohol" does not appear in the story. In fact, it even says he is suspected of being under the influence of some kind of DRUG.

It also says that blood and urine tests aren't even back to prove it.

All of the charges are based on the suspicions of the "drug recognition expert," not on any physical proof. Until that proof comes in, all you people screaming about throwing the book at him, stupid drunks, etc. should just keep quiet, especially since it's obvious you neither read nor comprehended the facts of the story.

Amythest
Amythest

Aren't you all a bunch of judgmental pricks. No one said he 'was drunk'. It's quite possible he was taking prescription medication, has anyone thought of that??

Besides, those buggies, IF they're going to be on the road to begin with at twilight and/or dark...should NOT be painted black. You can't see them until you're right up on them, and I can imagine it WAS hard to swerve around them in something that big. Paint the stupid things white, and put some LIGHTS ON THEM!!!! The little orange reflector doesn't do enough.

checkmeout
checkmeout

"I hope this guy gets everything that the law can throw at him as an example to others" Hey CHEESEDICK, I hope you never have an ACCIDENT that takes anothers life, if so should you get life in prison with Bubba as your cell mate a lover? You are a very shallow hateful person. May you get what you wish on others

chubbs01
chubbs01

I ive 5 miles from a big amish community and we all have to watch out for the buggies. There are a lot of buggy / vehicle accidents this time of year.

checkmeout
checkmeout

Right on votersofny! Someone had to say it. Sorry it don't "FEEL" right for those do gooders here. GROW UP AND FACE REALITY! The man is 100% correct. Yes its a shame someone died, but the Parent should have thought about that before taking their kid out in the dark in a phacking BUGGY on a road where truck frequent? [beam]

Cheesemaster
Cheesemaster

My prayers with this family in their time of crisis. While I'm obviously not Amish, I DO try to enjoy the roads both on horseback and in a horse-drawn buggy. Big trucks, old people and cops are the WORST when it comes to sharing the road. At 8:45pm in the summer, there's still plenty of light to see and, even though the Amish prefer to make their buggies black, there's no excuse for not giving the buggy a wide berth. I hope this guy gets everything that the law can throw at him as an example to others

TIPPER
TIPPER

A child has lost their life. A family has been changed forever. All of this because a man made the choice to drive while under the influence of who knows what! Life choices - that's what this amounts to in the end. I could see some of my family members sitting in that picture on the front of the paper. I could also see some of my family members riding in that buggy, enjoying being together as a family, on a Friday night on the way home living life as they know it. It doesn't matter if you ban buggies, walkers, or bicycles from our roads. There will always be people that make stupid life choices. And no - they do not need to be plastered on the front page of the paper for all the world to see. We have all made mistakes in our lives. Some mistakes are more tragic than others.

hefromcc
hefromcc

its a sad development when anyone passes from a vehicle accident but as many accidents that happen on that road people seem to keep missing the big picture and thats the state and county keep neglecting their responsibilitys were talking about a road that increases in traffic has industry locating on it with deliveries done with semis and other commercial entitys making trips in and out of it then throw in horse and buggys when there is barely eniuff room to pull over and change a tire maybe its time to start putting some of this federal money that supposed to increase our development and lower the unemployment into the areas its needed like updating and overused highway thats to narrow and has blind spots and dangerous areas through out it. as it said in the report the buggy was as far over as it could be so if that is the case and the road was up to date the guy would have had to go off the road to hit it.Our prayers go out to everyone in the accident.

butterfly
butterfly

I couldn't believe it when I saw the front page of the Kentucky New Era this morning. How could an editor be so insensitive to put those photos in the paper? One of a man involved in an accident with the caption "The driver of a tractor-trailer cries into his hands after colliding with a horse and buggy carrying four people....." and then put in the article that "he sat outside the tractor-trailer: He sobbed with his head in his hands." Then turn around and have another photo with "A group of Amish people wait by an ambulance after a helicopter took a crash victim to the hospital." Readers do not have to see and read about the pain and suffering that goes with loss to feel for those involved. The newspaper editor owes an apology for such inconsiderate photos and article. This is way out of line. My prayers are with both families.

db3
db3

That's right "votersofny." How dare any citizen get on a public road when a drunk wants to drive? They should just make a law banning all sober Americans from ever leaving their homes. I'm not sure -- would the man who allegedly was driving drunk or stoned still cry if he killed another drunk?

It's just as likely he was crying for himself and the repercussions for HIS CHOICE to drive drunk, not for that little girl... It's time people in this country stopped excusing grown adults who make poor choices that destroy the lives of others.

windystormlover
windystormlover

I feel terrible for the family, but also feel so bad for the driver. His whole life has now been ruined, as he will never forget the feeling or the sound of what happened. I live in a community where the Amish run the roads in buggies, bicycles and tractors, and they are frequently out after dark, or even worse as dark approaches. Even under the best of circumstances, they can be difficult to see. I know the child is with the Lord which is awesome for her, and I pray for the family as they begin to heal and to deal with the loss. But everyone, please remember to pray for the driver too. If he sat there and publicly sobbed, he truly does have a heart, and it is breaking right now, as well as his family's hearts are breaking too. If he has children or grandchildren, they have lost him too. Even if he gets a pardon for this, his mind will not be the same as the one they loved. Lord, please bless your children and touch them through their pain.

Bird2112
Bird2112

How about, "Maybe now they'll think about keeping those stupid DRUNKS OFF dangerous roads." OR, "TIme to get those annoying DRUNKS of the the roads."

Reading for Comprehension must not have been part of your schooling.

The driver of the truck has been charged with MURDER...and you blame the buggy.

Jbonesdm
Jbonesdm

To 'votersofny'
I'll bet those annoying buggies get in your way quite often, you insensitive idiot. Who would you suggest they ban from the roadways to prevent all of the motor vehicle to motor vehicle accidents that result in tragedy?

7180
7180

Those "stupid buggies" as you so ignorantly say will ALWAYS be on the road. Drivers need to be more careful. Everyone around these parts know to expect to see them. Precautions need to be taken. It could of just as easily been a farm implement being escorted down the road, a farm tractor, a cyclist or a group of cyclist. It just so happened it was a horse drawn Amish buggy. It was a tragic accident. Needs to be treated as a tragic accident. Without people pointing fingers and laying blame on the Amish community.

votersofny
votersofny

Maybe now they'll think about keeping those stupid buggies OFF dangerous roads. Sorry about the girl, but darn, this is 2011. TIme to get those annoying buggies off the roads.

annette
annette

I agree with Ms. Watts. I know the newspaper is legally able to publish such pictures but I agree that this picture was not necessary. This man had to endure before his own eyes what happened. I will pray for all involved. God bless them and comfort their heartaches. So very sad.

lonewolfmom43
lonewolfmom43

Our prayers and thoughts are with both familys. Such a tragic event will change the life of both these's familys. I just want you to know gods love will see you threw these hard times. Even in your darkest hour he will be there for you. God bless all of you.

4890
4890

Really sad... I hate hearing that.

SoCMom
SoCMom

WSMV (Nashville channel 4 website) is reporting that the driver was taken to jail on suspicion of DUI (prescription drugs).

sir ryan
sir ryan

I think I saw this happen, but wasnt sure. I was southbound, and I was thinking to myself, man that truck doesnt have time to move. I kept checking in my rearview to see any sign and/or brake lights. I saw none so continued on. Man, I should have stopped and turned around. He had no chance to move. He was closing in at such a rapid pace.

Susan Watts
Susan Watts

I am all about telling a story with photographs but this is taking it a little far. My heart just breaks for this gentleman. I don"t believe the readers have to see this picture in order to feel for him.

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