Big Rig Driver Charged in Fatal Amish Buggy Crash

The driver of a tractor trailer faces murder charges after plowing into an Amish buggy in Kentucky, killing a 3-year-old girl and injuring three others.The driver of a tractor trailer faces a number of charges in connection with a fatal Amish buggy accident in Christian County, Kentucky, on July 8.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the accident occurred when a big rig being driven by Mark Bohms crashed into the back of the buggy on Route 41 A.

According to the news source, 52-year-old Bohms was cresting a hill around 8:30 p.m. near the Hopkinsville city limit when he reached down to get a cigarette. Police said the driver then noticed the buggy and attempted to change lanes before striking the carriage from behind.

Officials told the news agency that the impact of the crash knocked the buggy off its wheels.

A 3-year-old girl was killed in the collision and three other people injured. One of the horses drawing the carriage also died in the crash.

Bohms reportedly has been charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence, criminal mischief and three counts of assault.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 11 people died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in Christian County, Kentucky, in 2009.