• March 18, 2016

Eli Mast Killed in Fryburg, PA Semi-Truck Accident with Amish Buggy

Fryburg, PA -- There was an accident along Route 208 in Fryburg that left one person dead and another two injured when a box truck crashed into an Amish buggy. This happened on Thursday afternoon, March 17, 2016 and the person who died was identified as Eli Mast and the other two were identified as Rudy Mast and Amon Mast, believed to be part of the Amish community.

The accident in question happened on Thursday afternoon, around 4:45 p.m., where Route 208 meets with Bell Road.

A white box truck was apparently headed along the highway when it failed to control its speed and crashed into the back of an Amish buggy that contained the Masts. The accident ejected Eli Mast, Amon Mast, and Rudy Mast from the buggy and the box truck went off the side of the road, where it flipped over.

The driver of the truck, 25-year-old Kevin M. Jones, may have also been injured, but the news reports didn't mention anything about him being taken to a hospital.

Eli Mast, Rudy Mast, and Amon Mast were all sent to a hospital to be treated for there injuries, where Eli later died. Their ages were not released.

So far, it's not clear why Kevin Jones rear-ended their buggy that afternoon, as visibility, weather, and daylight didn't appear to be issues, and it's also unclear as to whether Jones will face charges.

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Map of the Accident

Commentary:

The news reports that I read about this accident were few and far between, which is a little disturbing. I'd like to think that an accident this serious would get more news coverage, but apparently that isn't the case.

Perhaps we have all the details wrong and it was really the driver of the buggy's fault, but somehow I doubt that very, very much.

Has anyone made any effort to find out what really happened here? Has anyone thought to run a background check on the truck driver and see if he was 1) qualified to be behind the wheel of a commercial truck and 2) working with a safety-conscious company?

I don't mean to sound so pessimistic here against the truck driver, but I've seen accidents like this before, even ones involving Amish buggies in Pennsylvania, and the common thread has always been that the driver of the vehicle wasn't quite paying attention to the road and didn't see the buggy until it was too late.

With motorcycle accidents, experts often talk about how they are sometimes "invisible" to other drivers because when your eyes are peripherally taking in the road and your surroundings, the motorcycle simply doesn't register because it doesn't have four wheels and headlights, if that makes sense. Is it possible that the Amish buggy was "invisible" to the box truck driver?

Again, I'm not saying that's what happened here, but perhaps someone needs to take a closer look at things.

The article below talks about this in greater detail, and goes over the benefits for having a background check done after a serious accident.

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