Sandy Lake residents badly hurt in buggy crash

From staff reports

Two Sandy Lake residents have been hospitalized with major injuries after an SUV crashed into their horse-drawn buggy Wednesday evening in Mercer County.

Mercer state police said Melvin Yoder, 54, and Lydia Yoder, 51, were in their buggy on Mercer Street north of Georgetown Road in New Lebanon at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when the buggy was hit from behind by an SUV driven by Brooke Weber, 34, of Cochranton.

Police said the impact of the collision caused both Yoders to be thrown from the buggy. They were flown to a hospital for treatment of what police described as major injuries, but police didn’t indicate where they were taken.

Weber was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, police said. In addition, there was an eight-year-old child in Weber’s vehicle, and several other charges are pending against her, police said.

The child wasn’t hurt, according to police.

Police said their investigation is continuing.