1 killed, 6 injured in Branch County buggy crash

Southwest Michigan
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ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A mother was killed and her husband and five children were injured when their horse-drawn buggy veered in front of an oncoming truck in Branch County Friday morning.

Barbara Jo Schwartz, 39, of Reading, Ind., died from her injuries at a hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind., according to the Branch County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. on Lester Road west of Colvin Road in Algansee Township, north of the Indiana border.

Branch County Sheriff’s authorities said the buggy was heading westbound when the horse veered in front of an oncoming truck. The seven passengers inside the buggy were thrown from the vehicle.

Schwartz’ husband was not seriously injured in the crash, according to a BCSO news release. The Schwartz’ children, ages 7, 5, 3, 2 and 3 months old, were also taken to the hospital with injuries that aren’t life-threatening.

The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 517.278.2324 ext. 2246 or Branch County Central Dispatch at 517.278.3091.

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