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Amish children in stable condition after crash on S.R. 800

Two Amish children are in stable condition following a crash Wednesday, May 15 on State Route 800 near Woodsfield.

According to Troop Dennis Wilcox of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at around 4:20 p.m., Jonas Schwartzentruber was heading northbound on State Route 800 near Milepost 20 in his buggy with his two juvenile daughters.

John Weiss, 25, of Barnesville, was also heading northbound on State Route 800 in a pick-up truck when he struck the buggy in the rear, sending both vehicles off the right side of the road.

All three passengers in the buggy were ejected and the buggy was destroyed.

The pick-up was also totaled in the crash.

One of the female juveniles was life-flighted to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia with a head injury.

The other female juvenile was transported to Wheeling Medical Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, and later taken to Ruby Memorial with a head injury.

Schwartzentruber was transported to Wheeling Medical Park with a fractured back, pelvis and sternum and several lacerations.

As of the afternoon of Thursday, May 16, the two juvenile females were in serious, but stable condition.

Weiss was uninjured in the crash.

According to Wilcox, Weiss informed officers he was traveling approximately 55 to 60 miles per hour prior to the crash. Weiss said he had looked down as he was attempting to get his phone to sync with his radio and when he looked up he hit the buggy.

Citations are pending as the crash is still under investigation.

In addition, there were serious injuries to the horse pulling the buggy. A veterinarian was on scene at the crash. It was transported to Ohio State University for X-rays.

Monroe County Beacon

103 East Court Street,
Woodsfield, OH 43793