An Amish teenager died Sunday morning near Pawnee City, Neb., after the horse-drawn buggy in which he was riding was struck from behind by a car.
Rueben Yoder, 17, and his sister Fannie Yoder, 20, were riding in the buggy, which was eastbound on Nebraska Highway 8-50 about 3½ miles east of Pawnee City when a car driven by Vivian Cockrell, 56, struck it from behind, according to Pawnee County Sherriff Jayme Reed.
It was unclear who was driving the buggy.
Rueben Yoder was pronounced dead at the scene. His sister was taken to a Lincoln hospital with head injuries. Cockrell was treated at the Pawnee Hospital and released, Reed said.
The sheriff's office and the Nebraska State Patrol are investigating the accident.
Several Amish families moved back to Pawnee County in 2007 and 2008 after the community left the vicinity in the early 1980s.
In 1981, three Amish men in Pawnee County were charged with violating state laws for operating an unapproved school with uncertified teachers. The families closed the school and moved, and the charges were dropped.
State laws concerning home schools were changed in 1984, allowing parents to create schools in their homes or to establish multifamily schools.
Amish families started moving back to the area recently because land was more affordable than in parts of the upper Midwest, where many of the families lived, according to World-Herald reports.