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Buggy operator injured; condition said ‘serious’

January 3, 2013

    A 21 year-old Amish man was seriously injured Wednesday evening when the buggy he was driving was struck by a SUV at the intersection of U.S. 27 and S.R. 124.
    The 8:12 p.m. mishap occurred when the SUV driven by Elizabeth Freyburgher, 42, Portland, was northbound on U.S. 27 and struck the eastbound buggy operated by Michael J. Wickey, rural Decatur. The report said Freyburgher was stopped for the light at the intersection and started forward again when the light turned green.
    Witnesses in the buggy told police Wickey thought he could make it through the intersection before the light turned green for the north-south bound traffic, but that Freyburgher had the green light at the time of the mishap.
    Freyburgher told police she did not see the buggy until the time of collision. The impact ejected Wickey from the buggy, causing him to sustain head injuries. He was unconscious at the scene and taken initially to Adams Memorial Hospital by paramedics, according to the deputy's report.
    He was later transferred to Lutheran Hospital where he was listed in serious condition this morning.
    Neither of the two passengers in the buggy or Freyburgher received injuries in the crash.
    Police estimated damages to the vehicles at between $1,001-$2,500.

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