Amish Couple Killed After Their Horse-Drawn Buggy Is Rear-Ended by Pickup Truck

An Amish couple was killed and their eight children were injured after their horse-drawn buggy was hit by a pick-up truck over the weekend.

The family was traveling south on Cumberland Road in Cumberland County, Virginia Sunday night when they were rear-ended by a Toyota Tundra, said ABC affiliate station WSET. The buggy was reportedly fashioned with working headlights and taillights, as well as a "slow-moving vehicle" sign.

KIRO 7 reported that 38-year-old Barbie Esh was pronounced dead at the scene and that her husband, 39-year-old John Esh, died at VCU Medical Center on Monday night. The outlet added that the horse pulling the buggy was euthanized because of the injuries it sustained.

Furthermore, all eight of the Esh children were injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The children's ages range from nine months to 16 years old.

Unfortunately, vehicle-related injuries and fatalities are rather common throughout the state of Virginia. Data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revealed that 847 people were killed in car accidents throughout the state in 2020, said Drive Smart Virginia. Additionally, a staggering 144 people were injured in car accidents throughout the commonwealth every day last year.

A coworker of John Esh, Johnny Stoltzfus, created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the family's funeral and medical expenses. As of this reporting, the page has raised more than $67,000.

"The Esh family would appreciate any donation," said Stoltzfus. "Also please pray for these eight children as they prepare to face life without their parents."

He also shared in an update on Wednesday that all eight children had been released from the hospital.

"I don't have a list of exact injuries but I know there are broken legs, pelvis and multiple other things," he said.

PEOPLE Magazine identified the driver of the Toyota Tundra as 60-year-old Mickel Bates. A spokesperson for the Virginia State Police Department told the publication that he initially fled the scene but later returned.

Charges against Bates are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

Newsweek previously reported that an 83-year-old Missouri woman rear-ended an Amish buggy in 2018, only months after her involvement in a separate buggy collision. Sadly, however, the first crash resulted in the death of the buggy's driver, a pregnant 29-year-old woman named Mattie Miller.

When asked if she believed she could continue driving, the Missouri woman said: "I haven't had time to think about it, I can't answer that."

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An Amish couple was killed and their eight children were injured after their horse-drawn buggy was hit by a pick-up truck over the weekend. The children were treated and later released from a nearby hospital. William Thomas Cain / Stringer/Getty