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Child dies in St. Mary's County horse and buggy crash

St. Mary's County law enforcement officials are hoping that witnesses come forward in an investigation of a tragic motor vehicle accident on Route 5. A 12-year-old Amish girl died when a pickup truck smashed into a horse and buggy in which she was a passenger.

Police reports say the driver of a 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck was traveling northbound through a green light. The Waldorf man claims he did not see the horse and buggy moving through the intersection before the accident. Police say the traffic light was green when the buggy began to move through the intersection.

Emergency responders reportedly tended to three people injured in the horse and buggy collision. Two other buggy occupants were thrown from the vehicle upon impact. The girl and her companions were taken to an area hospital, where the 12-year-old old was later pronounced dead.

The accident victims who were ejected during the crash were treated and released. Police have not reported the identities, genders or ages of the accident injury victims other than the girl who was killed in the crash.

No charges have been brought against the 31-year-old Waldorf pickup driver. Police did not report whether the Ford truck driver sustained any injuries in the collision or if he was hospitalized.

Police have begun to rule out which factors did not play a part in the fatal horse and buggy accident. Evidence gathered so far has determined that the use of drugs or alcohol was not a contributing factor. Officials also do not believe that the Ford F150 pickup was exceeding the speed limit at the time of the crash. Witnesses have been encouraged to contact St. Mary's County police investigators.

Source: WUSA, "Saloma Kathleen Stoltzfus Killed In Amish Buggy - Pick Up Truck Crash in St. Mary's County," Manny Fantis, Oct. 3, 2011

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