Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Horse and Buggy That Injured 4 Children and 2 Adults

May 8, 2019

UPDATE 5/8/2019 @ 1:00 p.m.: On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at approximately 8:10 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 28100 block of Thompson Corner Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a horse-drawn buggy.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and continued the investigation.

A preliminary investigation determined a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, operated by David Harrison Morton, age 18 of Mechanicsville, was traveling south on Thompson Corner Road in the area of Millburn Lane. A horse-drawn buggy operated by Fannie Hertzler, age 21 of Mechanicsville, entered the roadway from Millburn Lane and collided with the Hyundai. The passengers in the buggy were Anna Hertzler age 19, Allen Hertzler age 13, Rhoda Hertzler age 10, Lavina Hertzler age 9, and Bena Hertzler age 7, all of Mechanicsville.

All six occupants of the horse-drawn buggy were flown to area trauma centers with incapacitating injuries. Morton was evaluated at the scene for non-incapacitating injuries.

At this time, speed nor alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor at (301) 475-4200 extension *2265 or by email at Brandon.Foor@stmarysmd.com.


UPDATE: Two children were flown to an area trauma center and two other children who were originally going to be flown out were transported by ambulance to an area trauma center.

5/7/2019: On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at approximately 8:05 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the area of Thompson Corner Road and Millwood Lane in Mechanicsville, for the reported motor vehicle accident involving an Amish buggy.

Crews arrived on scene to find a motor vehicle and a horse and buggy involved, with 6 patients in the roadway.

First responders requested three helicopters for 4 pediatric patients and 2 adults.

Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 6, Trooper 7, and U.S. Park Police Eagle 1 responded to the scene to transport all patients to area trauma centers.

Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


69 Responses to Police Investigating Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Horse and Buggy That Injured 4 Children and 2 Adults

  1. Nan on May 7, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Prayers for all of those injured in this terrible mishap.

  2. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Was the horse okay ?

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      I was wondering about that too!

      • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 8:39 am

        Me too

        • Anonymous on May 10, 2019 at 4:59 am

          Just wondering about the horse? Did it get hurt?

        • Wiggy on May 10, 2019 at 5:03 am

          Me three!

          Look at the pictures kids. Do you think the horse is ok?!

  3. TBD on May 8, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Come on people!! Turn your phones off & pay attention to the road! You are hurting/killing innocent people! This is ridiculous!! What is so important that you can’t wait to look @/answer your cell phone?!?! Complete stupidity!

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Lol where does it say texting and driving was involved???

      • Leigh on May 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm

        Seriously, where you there? Did you witness someone on their phone? WTF!?!

      • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm

        Exactly! From what the article said the buggy entered the roadway and collided with the car – was the buggy driver on their phone?? This “lets blame it all on texting” is getting old…
        “A horse-drawn buggy operated by Fannie Hertzler, age 21 of Mechanicsville, entered the roadway from Millburn Lane and collided with the Hyundai.”

      • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm

        Exactly! “A horse-drawn buggy operated by Fannie Hertzler, age 21 of Mechanicsville, entered the roadway from Millburn Lane and collided with the Hyundai”. This “lets blame everything on phones and driving” is getting old…

        • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:02 pm

          I mean, are you saying the lady operating the buggy needs pay attention and get off her phone??

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      Wasn’t texting fool. Horse came off driveway right into the road. Facts are your friends…

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      If anything, it sounds like the buggy pulled into traffic without looking. I doubt that they were texting.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      I’m pretty sure the Amish girl at fault wasn’t texting or talking on the phone!

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      looks like the Amish pulled into traffic.

      • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 9:21 pm

        They’re not amish, they’re Mennonite.

        • hard crab on May 9, 2019 at 8:21 am

          they are amish, Mennonite live in the loveville area

        • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 4:02 pm

          They are Amish

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      I guess the damn horse was texting! It says the HORSE AND BUGGY collided with the Hyundai. Get a life and read before you comment. Some “ACCIDENTS” are just that..ACCIDENTS!!

  4. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Prayers for all involved

  5. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I hope they will be ok.

  6. JEFF GAGLIANO on May 8, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Because the world is going too fast. Everybody in a hurry. Nobody paying attention. I know there are two side to every story but I travel that road often. Sometime I travel it ..Just to enjoy the Amish and their buggy’s but…Somebody always has to pass in a no passing zone, somebody always has to speed past even if another car is in sight. It’s sad…Slow down people…you are rushing through your life…and hurting others doing it.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Read the article….speed was not a factor…..idiot.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Buggy is in the wrong here. Nice attempt at preaching, but maybe wait for the update before you get on your high horse. Pun intended.

    • J. Stollen on May 8, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      You sound like an idiot. Speed was not a factor.

  7. LM on May 8, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Praying for all involved.

  8. wak on May 8, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Prayer for all the was involved, people need to slow down and NOT USE PHONES IN THE CAR. I live on that road and I have been behind a buggy and some one will come up behind me a pass me in the buggy with out even looking. People if you that much and a hurry to get some where leave early stop hurting or killing others because you rushing.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      again…speed was not a factor. For all you know the car had no time to stop when the buggy pulled out.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      stop preaching. buggy failed to yield.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 6:03 am

      Yeah – no doubt you are a real “prayer warrior” judging by your compassionate line “prayer for all”.

      “people if you that much and a hurry” tells us the rest.

      IDIOT.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2019 at 7:58 am

        How does that tell you the rest? You’re so dumb LOL look at yourself before calling them an idiot. Idiot.

  9. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I live off 236. People drive like it’s the Indianapolis 500. There are buggies and children on this road. People need to pay attention and slow down.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 6:04 am

      “I live off 236”

      Any questions?

  10. Suzanne on May 8, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This makes me very sad because I love seeing them in their horse and buggy’s.

  11. Son on May 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Let’s get the facts before we start blaming a car driver. Especially when cars are just about driving themselves these days.people are to quick to blame phones when airbags go off and cars suddenly brake for no reason because the technology in cars is bad.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      THANK YOU. Turns out the buggy failed to yield. People look for any and EVERY excuse to blame cell phones, speed, alcohol, etc. before even getting facts on the situation.

      • Wiggy on May 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

        Perhaps it’s because 99% of the time, the “accident” is due to one of the factors listed above.

        • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

          99% is hyperbolic. Just because its more probable to point to driver distraction than a buggy failing to yield, doesn’t mean everyone and their mother needs to come out of their caves to give their opinion and condemn the driver before getting the facts. Now everyone who prematurely condemned the driver looks stupid. And as a society, people giving their 2 pennies before knowing what happened is shameful. Its a dangerous habit to pick up.

    • YourMomZaenus on May 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      I would estimate that 0% of automobile accidents in Southern Maryland over the past 10 years have been caused by an airbag going off or by brakes being applied without the driver having pressed the brake pedal.

  12. Bj42170 on May 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I’ll keep the pitchforks flying when Motor Vehicles are involved. Slow down guilty one.

  13. YOURMOM on May 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I MUST HAVE MISSED THE PART ABOUT THE DRIVER BEING ON THE PHONE. WOW….. PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE FACTS PRIOR TO POSTING.

  14. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Ur an idiot and use ur phoe while driving. Dont u…

    • Anonymous on May 11, 2019 at 1:07 am

      *You’re *your *phone *you. Who’s the idiot? My 10 year old can form a complete sentence. I’m not a grammar Nazi but you’re just pathetic, and you call someone else an idiot? LOL!

  15. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    The horse came right into the road so not sure what the driver could do. No speeding, no alcohol, no phone. Doesn’t appear driver was in error at all!

  16. Mary on May 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Prayers being sent.
    Was the horse ok?

    • Mr. Ed on May 13, 2019 at 9:14 am

      That was my cousin!

  17. Leigh on May 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Oh look, they found out that the driver of the vehicle was not a fault. That is was just an accident. Maybe all of you who insisted to know that the driver of the vehicle was texting, talking on the phone, and speeding can all take a hard look at your comments. You were all wrong. Stop the judgmental crap on line and remember innocence until proven guilty. It isn’t the other way around.

    • Jussie Smollett on May 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

      Yeah!

  18. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Very sad but it clearly states “the horse and buggy entered the road AND collided w/ the car . Doubt Amish are required to have insurance , license and certainly not Electric lights .

  19. Amishdriver on May 8, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Horse entered roadway they did not see car coming and got hit. Very simply put. It’s a shame you all have driver guilty before knowing facts. I know the Amish family and am sorry this happened but accidents do happen. Just be thankful it was not worse

  20. Son on May 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    0% in ten years? You should Google takata airbags, Honda recalls, Toyota recalls, etc. Like cell phones car software and hardware does not operate perfectly

    • YourMomZaenus on May 9, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      1. The Takata airbag defect did not cause accidents. Rather, they blasted shrapnel at the occupants as they deployed AS A RESULT of an accident. 2. I will amend my estimate to say that 0.0004% (1 out of 250,000) crashes in Southern MD over the past 10 years have been caused by a vehicle defect, because I know of one girl who unfortunately died because of a defect with her Chevy’s ignition (or something similar). You know about more defect-caused crashes in Southern MD over the past 10 years? Great, list them. You could come up with 100, and it would still be a minute fraction of all crashes in the area and time period I defined. The point is that you are quick to blame a defect, when the statistics just don’t back up your suspicion.

      And if you want to know where I came up with 250k, MVA says there are ~100k crashes a year in the state. Over 10 years, that’s 1,000,000 crashes. For the sake of argument, let’s say that 1/4 of those are in SoMD, so 250,000.

  21. Jane on May 8, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I really wish they would put a shoulder on that road for the Amish no matter how you look at it people are not going to slow down for them and respect the fact that they share the road. It ridiculous that nothing has been done to improve this road yet!

    • Gin on May 9, 2019 at 9:39 am

      I write letters to the state highway administration, state police and the county sheriffs department as well as the State Delegate, Matt Morgan. Mr. Morgan goes above and beyond to get the State highway Administration to come up with suggestions on how to resolve this problem. The State police and County police after receiving a letter they monitor the road. People who drive on this road in their vehicles on a daily basis are aware that the Amish are on the road. Speed/lack of concern and trying to maneuver from Point A to Point B (using the road as a shortcut) is the problem. The Amish take responsibility for accidents even when it is not their fault. It takes time for a buggy and a horse to pull out and there is no doubt in my mind that the car was not in sighting when they proceeded on the highway. We need to write letters and continue to write letters to get a resolution for this road. You can go online and write a letter to Matt Morgan, put in a service ticket for State Highway administration and write an email to the county and state police department. There are ways, it just takes alittle bit of time and involvement in the county that we reside in.

  22. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    It was dusk and the buggie driver did not see the car because it’s a b dark coler and blended in with the road

    • It's Me on May 9, 2019 at 9:13 am

      So the car was being driven without the lights being on?

      • bobaloo on May 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm

        Occurs quite a lot around here. Dark car, dark road, dark background of trees, dusk and no car lights. “I can see fine!”, they think, but don’t think about being seen. Have seen a few LEO vehicles doing the same as well.

  23. Anonymous on May 8, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Praying for everyone

  24. Gin on May 8, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Another accident on rt 236 involving an Amish buggy and a vehicle. The Amish are experienced buggy drivers and they don’t pull out onto the roadway until they check both sides and then they pull out. Evidently, the car was not in view but came up on her quite quickly. 6 passengers in the Amish buggy injured, driver in auto not injured. Auto had front end damaged and buggy was on the ground. Horse probably lost his life as well. Rt 236 is a shared road with Amish buggies. People need to slow their gas driven vehicle down and mind the rules of the road. If you want to speed go to to the track and stay off the roads where lives matter.

    Prayers to the Hertzler family and the Amish community.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 6:13 am

      What an idiot. The Amish are perfect and never make any human errors.

      You know it all, don’t you? From now on – everyone will wait for your almighty judgment before considering the situation. Your obvious wisdom supersedes all logic or evidence.

      You talk about “prayers” like it is a toast made after dinner. What a pride-full fool!

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      I have had the buggies pull right out in front of me before when i was a very short distance away. I have also had them almost come out right in front of me because the horse was jumping and raring to go. I do agree though that most people go way too fast on 236.

  25. Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 12:26 am

    You’re an idiot, the driver wasn’t speeding. Learn to read before you try typing on this new internet technology of yours that you just installed

  26. Anonymous2 on May 9, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Amish make mistakes too!! In 1997, I was in an accident involving a horse and buggy, it was the Amish ladies fault and she admitted to it as well. I was on Rt. 6 about a 1/2 mile in from Rt. 5 in a line of about 6 cars. The horse and buggy were on the shoulder and she needed to make a left turn into her driveway. She saw all of the cars in front of me but did not see me. I will tell you first hand those buggies are made of steel (at least the wheels) and show no mercy on a vehicle. I WAS doing the speed limit which at the time was 40 mph and when she turned, I had no option but to hit them. Fortunately, I did not flip the buggy and the received a scratch across his chest but otherwise fine; however, my vehicle was a total mess. When the horse was hit, it fell over on my car shattering my windshield with its bridle, tore the side mirror completely off the car. and crushed the passenger side roof, not to mention shoving the entire vehicle in the other lane to on coming traffic. Thank god nothing was coming the other way; otherwise, it would have been bad because at the time, there were a lot of dump trucks traveling that part of Rt. 6. Unfortunately, after reading the article, it truly sounds like this was an accident and it was the buggy drivers fault. Amish don’t have insurance; however, their community has funds set aside for this sort of thing. I received funds to cover my deductible. Prayers to all those involved.

  27. Hard Truth on May 9, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Speed is always a factor in an accident.

  28. Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Any info on the horse?
    And why are you idiots arguing?
    Silly humans….

  29. anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Why did Morton not have enough time to stop?

  30. Anonymous on May 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Why are names of the juvenile’s released in this article but not in others?