Amish Hot Rodders

Taking the ol’ buggy for a spin

There was an article in today’s Ashland Times-Gazette about woman who made a cell phone video of an Amish buggy doing donuts in the snow. The article reminded me of a story I wrote for the paper four years ago. It involved buggies drag racing on a county road in northern Ashland County, not far from the donut incident.

Here it is:

SAVANNAH — Cousins “drag-racing” in horse-drawn buggies caused a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning on County Road 758.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

According to a report from the Ashland post of the State Highway Patrol, Jacob N. Raber, 21, of Shiloh was driving a buggy east on County Road 758 and racing with his cousin, whose age and address were not available.

Raber was in the left lane, crested a hill and struck an oncoming 1999 Chevrolet Lumina. The buggy overturned onto its side.

The driver of the Lumina, Rochelle L. Begly, 60, of Orange Township, was traveling west on County Road 758. Begly saw the buggy coming and stopped, but it struck her left front fender, causing enough damage that she couldn’t open her door.

There were no significant injuries to Raber or the horse. He and his cousin were able to right the buggy.

Raber reportedly told the investigating trooper that he was headed to church and estimated that the buggy was traveling at about 15 mph at the time of the crash.

Raber was cited for driving left of center.

There you have it.

When I first came to Ashland in 1997, people told me it was a pretty dull place. Obviously, they were mistaken.


2 thoughts on “Amish Hot Rodders

  1. we have two amish schools nearby. when we pass the buggies we stop. the young males on the way to school will sometimes be whipping the horses as hard as they can. not funny to either the horses or us. what are you going to do. also the amish when drunk. the horses know the way, they just don’t always see the stop signs. our experience with the amish is to assume the horse is in charge. sometimes it is.

    ice cream raz


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