Buggy struck by ambulance, one occupant taken to hospital

An occupant of a horse and buggy was taken to the hospital after an ambulance collided with the buggy while transporting a patient.

According to police, Indiana State Police troopers from the Jasper post responded to the crash involving a Daviess County ambulance and the horse and buggy on County Road 900E at County Road 975N at 8:27 p.m.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the ambulance was traveling south on CR 900 E. with its emergency lights activated but no siren while transporting a patient to the hospital. As the ambulance approached CR 975N, it met a line of horse and buggies also traveling south, police said.

Travis Wagler, 19 of Odon, was driving the last buggy in the line. He reported to police that he did not see or hear the ambulance when he began to turn his buggy left onto CR 975N. The driver of the ambulance, Dawn Wagoner, 38, of Odon, did not have time to avoid the buggy and struck the left side of the buggy causing it to flip with the occupants still inside.

Wagler and one of the passengers received minor cuts and bruises, however a female occupant of the buggy was transported to the Daviess County Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

No one in the ambulance, including the patient on board, was injured.

The ambulance had damage to the right front and the buggy had extensive damage. The horse was dazed but not injured, police said.

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Odon Town Marshall, Odon First Responders, Southwest Medical and Wagler’s Towing assisted state police at the scene.

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