HUNTINGTON TWP. – The passenger of an Amish buggy and the horse pulling it both died this morning on Route 58 when a truck hit the buggy, ejecting both occupants.
The passenger of the buggy, Jon Swartzentruber, 25, of Homerville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lorain County Coroner’s Office. The horse was also killed as a result of the collision, said Lt. Carlos Smith of the Ohio State Patrol.
The operator of the buggy, Levi Shetler, 54, of Wellington, was taken to Allen-Mercy in Oberlin and then flown by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was in stable condition, Smith said.
Smith said Mark Jones, 61, of Jeromesville, was in a 2007 Ford F-550 on his way to work at McConnell Excavating in Oberlin when he struck the left rear of the buggy at about 6:15 a.m.
Jones was not injured.
Smith said the buggy had a lantern in it and was “reflected properly.”
The crash is under investigation. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash. Route 58 was closed while police investigated, but has since been reopened.