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Driver hits buggy
Teen looked down at cell before crash
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Another collision involving an Amish buggy east of Fennimore ended with no severe injuries Monday night, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.


An initial investigation has revealed that at 7:20 p.m., Grant Ekstrom, 18, Mineral Point, was traveling east on Highway 18 near Tormey Road when he was looking down at his cell phone and cell phone charger. When he looked up, he saw a buggy, but he was not able to avoid crashing into the back of the eastbound buggy, operated by Amos Lapp, 24, Fennimore. Lapp, his wife Melinda, and their two children, Henry, 2, and Sadie, 7 months, were all ejected from the buggy.


Ekstrom and his passenger, Brandon Bennett, 17, Mineral Point, were not injured as a result of the crash. According to the sheriff’s department, none of the Lapp family members were severely injured and all refused medical attention.
Ekstrom has been charged with inattentive driving.


The Fennimore Fire and EMS departments as well as Collision Specialists, Fennimore, assisted at the scene of the crash.
The sheriff’s department reminds all drivers to be vigilant of farm implement and horse-drawn buggies traveling on the roadways throughout all hours of the day and night.