Update on truck-buggy accident

Cary Ashby • Jun 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Charges are pending in a two-vehicle, Richland County crash involving a buggy that sent a family to two hospitals last week.

Moses Sensenig, 28, and his wife, Joann Sensenig, 27, both of Shiloh, were released from MedCentral Health System in Mansfield this weekend, hospital spokeswoman Anne Miller said.

There were three other passengers, also from Shiloh: Larose Sensenig, 4; Bethany Sensenig, 2; and Marilyn Sensenig, 7 months.

A spokeswoman with the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post has said the "youngest" occupant has been released from Akron Children's Hospital. Sgt. Tony Myers said Monday that Larose and Bethany Sensenig remain in the hospital, which has refused to release their conditions.

The other driver was Elijah Brown, 16, of Shiloh, who was driving a 1993 Chevrolet 1500 truck. He and his passenger, Tristan Seaman, 16, of Greenwich, were wearing their seatbelts and weren't injured.

The crash happened at 4:16 p.m. Thursday on Baseline Road at Swanger Road in Bloominggrove Township.

Brown was eastbound on Baseline Road and Sensenig was southbound on Edwards Road. Sensenig pulled from the intersection to travel south onto Swanger, troopers said.

Sensenig pulled into the path of Brown and was hit. The buggy traveled off the east side of Swanger, where all occupants were ejected, troopers said. Brown stopped in the middle of Baseline Road. His truck was towed from the scene by A & M Towing.

The Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department transported all five buggy occupants to MedCentral with incapacitating injuries. Larose and Bethany Sensenig later were transferred to Akron Children's Hospital.

Myers said in his three years with the Norwalk post, this is the first buggy-related crash.

While he doesn't have any crash-related experiences with horses as a trooper, Myers said he uses common sense when encountering horse-drawn buggies on the road. He recommends drivers slow down and match the horse's speed.

"I use a lot of extra caution," the assistant post commander said.

Alcohol isn't considered a factor in Thursday's crash, which remains under investigation.

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