Last updated: June 20. 2014 10:15AM - 1095 Views
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Police investigated two accidents, each involving a horse and buggy on county roadways this week.

A Wednesday morning accident was originally considered a hit-and-run after a buggy was damaged by a dark-colored SUV which did not stop at the scene.

The incident occurred approximately 10 miles south of Leitchfield on Caney Creek Road.

Deputy Joey Beasley, with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, arrived on scene at approximately 6:45 a.m. and found that both of the buggy’s occupants, 20-year-old Ida T. Gingerich, of Caneyville, and 22-year-old Millie A. Yoder, also of Caneyville, were uninjured.

According to the accident report, the buggy had sustained moderate to severe damage after being hit in the rear left wheel by the SUV.

Shortly after his arrival, Beasley was approached by a woman who explained that her teenage son had hit the buggy, but was unsure of what to do and continued on to his destination, at which point he called his family to let them know what had happened.

It was determined that 17-year-old Joseph Rockley, of Caneyville, had struck the buggy with the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee that he was operating.

Rockley told Beasley that he had noted the buggy ahead of him prior to the collision, but when he topped a hill, the sun was glaring in his eyes and temporarily blinded him, the report read. Rockley went on to explain that he attempted to swerve left to avoid striking the horse and buggy, but was unable to do so.

A day later, on Thursday, June 19, a second incident occurred on Shrewsbury Road, around four and a half miles west of Leitchfield at approximately 1:45 p.m.

According to the report filed by Chief Deputy Tony Willen, with the GCSO, a 2007 Ford Taurus being operated by Deborah L. Health, 56, of Leitchfield, was travelling south on HWY 187 (Shrewsbury Road) when she came upon a horse and buggy and swerved to avoid striking it.

Heath overcorrected her vehicle, according to the report, and struck the ditch on the right side of the roadway, causing moderate damage to her vehicle.

Heath was uninjured and was able to avoid collision with the buggy.

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