Mother killed, husband and 8 children injured in Cumberland County truck vs. buggy crash


CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person is dead and several others injured after a crash Sunday night involving a horse-drawn buggy in Cumberland County.

Virginia State Police said the crash happened on Route 45 near Davis Lane when a 2005 Toyota Tundra struck a horse-drawn buggy.

Ten people were riding in the buggy at the time it was struck. One person was killed and three were flown to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Six others were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious, state police said.

State police identified the deceased as 38-year-old Barbie Esh of Farmville. Her husband was one of the others with serious injuries taken to UVA Medical Center. The rest of the injured passengers were their eight children whose range in age from 9 months old to 16 years old.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to this family and their Amish community, which is suffering yet another tragic loss due to a fatal traffic crash,” said 1/Sgt. Eric King of  Virginia State Police Area 19, which encompasses Buckingham and Cumberland counties. “Local residents in the Cumberland and Buckingham county region are reminded to be on the look-out for Amish horse-drawn buggies traveling on our highways, Our winding rural roads have blind curves, so we must all comply with posted speed limits and share the road safely and responsibly. “

The driver of the Toyota was not injured in the crash. Charges are pending.

The Virginia State Police Appomattox Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing investigation.

State police warns drivers in Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte and Halifax counties to proceed with caution around these buggies. They only go about five to eight miles per hour and are legal on all highways statewide.

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