Crash in Aroostook Amish Community Sends Four Children to Hospital
Four young children from an Amish community were taken to the hospital after their horse-drawn wagon was struck by a car near their home in southern Aroostook County.
Maine State Police say 62-year old Stephen Porter of Sherman was driving west on Route 2 in Island Falls at around 2:30 Monday afternoon. Porter was approaching the Daniel Miller residence when a horse-drawn wagon operated by the Miller children pulled out into the road from behind a thick tree line.
Porter was not able to see children in time and his 2003 Volkswagen struck the horse, sending the buggy into the air and ejecting the children.
Police said the children, ages 9, 8, 7 and 5, had been moving wood from one spot on the Miller property to another and apparently did not stop to check for traffic before entering the roadway.
All four children were taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. The horse was killed in the crash.
Maine State Trooper John Darcy is leading the investigation. Sergeant Chadwick Fuller, Trooper Dennis Quint and Island Falls Fire and ambulance assisted at the scene.