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Amish Buggy Accident in Taylor County

Amish Buggy Accident in Taylor County  Monday,November 29, 2021

 

At approximately 2:44 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle had collided with an Amish buggy near the address of N1754 County Highway E in the Town of Little Black, Taylor County. It was further reported that there were multiple and significant injuries.

 

Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Medford Ambulance, Owen Ambulance and Fire, Stetsonville Fire, Gilman Ambulance, Thorp Ambulance, Medvac and medical helicopters were dispatched. Once emergency responders arrived on scene, they found 9 people injured. Preliminary reports indicate at least 8 of 9 required medical transport with significant injuries.

 

This investigation is currently ongoing but preliminary findings indicate the Amish buggy was traveling North bound on County Highway E with 10 occupants. A vehicle being operated by 35-year-old Skyler M. Opelt of Medford was also North bound on County Highway E approaching the buggy from behind. The vehicle being operated by Skyler Opelt overtook the buggy and struck it from behind at highway speeds.

 

Opelt is currently in custody at the Taylor County jail. Operating under the influence of a controlled substance and inattentive driving are believed to be factors in the collision.

 

As stated in the original press release, a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Skyler M. Opelt of Medford Wi. struck an Amish buggy from behind on November 24, 2021, while traveling north bound on County Highway E in Taylor County Wisconsin at approximately 2:44 p.m. The Amish buggy contained 10 passengers and 9 were injured as a result of the collision. Names of the victims are being with held at this time. The victims were largely children however the mother was severely injured in the collision and has succumb to her injuries and died the 26th of November.  The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this incident.

 

Skyler M. Opelt the driver of the vehicle is currently being held in the Taylor County Jail. Charges being referred to the District Attorney’s office at this time are:

Seven counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance Causing Injury 

Homicide by Negligent Operation of a Vehicle

2nd Degree Reckless Injury

Opelt was currently on probation at the time of the incident and is also being held on a probation hold as a result of this incident.

 

It should be noted these charging requests can change as the investigation continues.

 

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