AVON, Minn. — A man and woman from Avon, Minn., in a horse-drawn buggy died on Dec. 16 after their buggy was hit from behind by a pickup truck.

The identities of the man and woman have not yet been released. They were 72 and 66 years old, according to a media release from Stearns County Sheriff’s office. The horse also died at the scene.

The release said the sheriff’s office was dispatched to a crash involving a pickup truck and a horse-drawn buggy at about 11:15 a.m. on County Road 9 just south of Queens Road near Avon.

According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, a Ford F150 driven by Marc Lucas Knapp, 23, of Avon was traveling north on County Road 9. The buggy was also traveling north along the shoulder.

“Knapp struck the buggy from behind sending it into the east ditch,” according to Gudmundson.

The release said the crash was reported via the pickup’s On-Star impact activation system.

“Several other people stopped to assist at the crash scene,” the release stated. “While officers were en route, information was received that both parties in the buggy were critically injured and CPR was in progress.”

The horse was severely injured in the crash and died at the scene. The county road was closed from Queens Road to Pond’s Edge Lane until about 2:45 p.m.

Avon Fire & Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol also responded to the scene.

“The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office UAV was deployed to film and photograph the scene to assist with reconstruction,” the release said, and the truck and buggy were put in storage.

The bodies of the man and woman were transported to Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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