horse and buggy

A horse and buggy similar to this was involved in a crash during a tour Saturday near Intercourse.

Twelve people were hospitalized following a crash involving a tour-style horse and buggy Saturday in Leacock Township, officials said.

The crash was reported at 11:16 a.m. in the 3300 block of Old Philadelphia Pike, near Clearview Road and just west of Intercourse.

State police said there were 17 people in the buggy. 

The tour-style buggy is a longer carriage with a roof and roll-up canvas sides which is pulled by two horses, according to Intercourse fire Chief Steve Diener.

He said the buggy left from Kitchen Kettle Village but he didn't know the name of the tour company. According to Kitchen Kettle's website, tours are provided by AAA Buggy Rides. Officials there could not be reached Sunday because the village was closed.

Diener said the accident occurred as the horses pulling the buggy apparently were spooked by a passing tractor-trailer. The carriage went off the road and rolled down a four- to five-foot embankment, coming to rest on the roof, he said.

Several people were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with injuries that didn't appear to be serious, Diener said. The horses were uninjured and were led to a barn about 100 feet away where they are housed, he added.

Diener said the tractor-trailer driver stopped and remained at the scene after the crash. 

No one was charged, state police Trooper James Spencer said Tuesday.

Staff Writer Jennifer Todd contributed to this report.