Seven members of the same family have been seriously injured after a car crashed into their horse and buggy on Sunday sending them flying into a field and ditch.
Among the casualties of the crash in Jerusalem, New York was a seven-month-old baby who and a seven-year-old boy who was in critical condition after four members of the family were airlifted to hospital.
The collision occurred just after 5pm on County Road 22 when a 24-year-old driver from Penn Yan tried to overtake the family but collided with their slow moving vehicle (SMV).
Both were heading westbound when the car approached the buggy at the crest of the hill and the accident occurred when the driver noticed another eastbound motor approaching.
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The collision occurred just after 5pm Sunday on County Road 22 when a 24-year-old driver tried to overtake the SMV at the the crest of a hill in Jerusalem, New York
The crash caused the SMV to smash into pieces, NBC 10 reports.
Authorities did not provide the ages of the three other young boys who were injured in the smash and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital via ambulance.
The mother and father were airlifted with the most serious injuries.
Their horse was badly injured and had to be euthanized at the scene.
Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike called it a ‘mass casualty incident with several critical injuries.’
The sheriff shared with news reporters some information on collisions between cars and SMVs, something he said happens all too often.
The smash happened when an oncoming car approached. The parents and two young children were airlifted to hospital. Three other boys were taken to medical care via ambulance
The manual about ‘closure collision time’ states that encountering an SMV while driving presents a ‘unique set of challenges to vehicle operators, primarily due to the much slower speed of the SMV, which could lead to a dangerous situation.’
The guide states that at least 80% of SMV collisions occur when the SMV is struck from behind. This appeared to be the case in Sunday’s accident.
‘The difference in speed between your vehicle and the SMV means you will often approach the SMV very quickly.
A diagram shows that a car traveling at 55mph will reach the SMV in just 11 seconds if it’s moving at 30 mph or just 7 seconds if it’s traveling at 15 mph.
If the SMV is a horse and buggy, like in this case, it would take the car just 5.7 seconds to reach SMV estimated to be moving at 7mph.
The driver of the car was not in custody.
Police are investigating the incident.
It takes a car traveling at 55mph just 5.7 seconds to reach horse and buggy estimated to be moving at 7mph