A 2005 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Rachel Skaggs of Ligonier was traveling west on US 20 in the area of 9500 W when for an unknown reason a horse and buggy traveling east abruptly crossed the center line of US 20. The Sunfire struck the horse broadside, lost control, and traveled across US 20 into a ditch on the south side of the road crashing through a fence and through a field. The vehicle then jumped a creek and hit the ravine head on, dropping 10 feet into a creek bed.
Skaggs was trapped in the vehicle when first responders arrived. Firefighters were able to cut Skaggs out of the vehicle where she was waist deep in water. Rachel Skaggs was flown by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Medical Center to be treated for possible fractures to her ankle, wrist, and cervical, along with facial injuries. None of the injuries are thought to be life threatening. Late Monday night, Parkview staff advised that Rachel Skaggs was in stable condition.
After the buggy was hit by the Sunfire, it flipped on its side. The three passengers were Lyle Yoder, Sara Yoder, and Joel Yoder of Lagrange. Sara and Joel were transported to Parkview Lagrange Hospital to be evaluated reference Joel being an infant and Sara complaining of pain from whiplash. They were released from the hospital later last night. Their horse was killed in the collision.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash. US 20 was closed in the area for approximately 3 hours while emergency personnel worked at the scene.
The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Topeka Police Department, DNR, Indiana State Police, Shipshewana Fire Department, Parkview EMS, and Parkview Samaritan Helicopter.