Minnesota Amish woman is killed in buggy crash by suspected drunk driver

An F-350 struck her carriage from behind on Saturday.

A northern Minnesota Amish woman died over the weekend when a pickup truck slammed into her horse-drawn buggy, leaving her brother wounded and the truck driver facing criminal charges. 

The crash happened Saturday evening on southbound Highway 92 in Clearwater County, when the suspect's Ford F-350 struck the carriage from behind, the State Patrol says

One of the buggy's two occupants, Elsie Yoder, 23, was taken to a hospital in Fargo, but later pronounced dead, the Associated Press reports

The other, 27-year-old Melvin Yoder, was also hospitalized, but authorities say his injuries weren't life-threatening. 

Alcohol is suspected in the accident, and the 27-year-old pickup driver is now in the Clearwater County jail on charges of criminal vehicular operation and "great bodily harm."

The Star Tribune says he's also looking at an upgraded charge of criminal vehicular homicide.

The Yoders are from an Amish community in the nearby town of Clearbrook. 

Amish in Minnesota

According to the website Amish America, there are more than 3,000 Amish living in Minnesota, spread out among 14 different settlements. 

And accidents involving Amish buggies are not uncommon here.

There have been at least two in Minnesota this year, and they were both in Todd County (where there are five Amish communities): a July crash that hurt two buggy riders when an SUV failed to yield to them, and another one that injured four people the following month.

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