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Multiple injuries as car strikes buggy in LaGrange Co.


US-20 was closed for about three hours Monday night near 9500 West when a car hit a horse-drawn buggy. The accident happened around 9:30pm.  The car's driver and two passengers of the buggy were hospitalized, while the horse was killed.

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff, the car was a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Rachel Skaggs of Ligonier, In. When the buggy crossed into the intersection for an unknown reason, Skaggs' vehicle struck the horse and lost control. The Sunfire traveled across US 20 and into a ditch after crashing through a fence. The vehicle then struck a ravine and dropped into a creek bed.

When firefighters arrived, they found Skaggs trapped in her vehicle and waist-deep in water. After they were able to cut her out of the vehicle, Skaggs was flown to a hospital for treatment to possible ankle, wrist and cervical fractures, as well as facial injuries. At last update on Monday night, Skaggs was in stable condition.

The buggy had three passengers, Lyle Yoder, Sara Yoder and Joel Yoder. Sara and Joel were both sent to an area hospital after Sara complained of whiplash. Joel, an infant, was sent for evaluation. Both have since been released.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the accident, and no charges have been filed as of this time.

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