The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash involving a truck and horse drawn buggy.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. yesterday afternoon as Marian L. Iplenski, 78, of Hartly, was operating a 2001 Dodge Dakota eastbound on Westville Road just west of Hazlettville Road. A horse drawn buggy being operated by a 15-year-old Amish male, from Hartly, was also eastbound on Westville Road partially in the roadway in front of the Dakota. Iplenski failed to see the Amish buggy in the roadway and struck the left rear portion with the right front bumper of the Dakota causing the carriage to overturn on the shoulder and become disabled. Iplenski drove to a nearby house where she alerted the resident to call 9-1-1.
A 13-year-old male passenger, also of Hartly, in the buggy was removed from the scene by State Police Helicopter and transported to A.I. DuPont Hospital where he is currently admitted in critical condition. The 15 year old driver was not injured in the crash.
Marian Iplenski, who was properly restrained, was removed transported from the residence by EMS to Kent General Hospital where she was treated for unrelated health issues. She was cited for Inattentive Driving.
The roadway in the area of the incident was closed for approximately one hour as the crash was investigated and cleared. The horse was not severely injured in the crash and was removed from the scene by members of the Amish community.