Medford Man Strikes Buggy, Nine Injured

Courtesy of the Taylor County Sheriff Facebook Page.

MEDFORD, WI (OnFocus) – At approximately 2:44 p.m. today November 24, 2021, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle had collided with an Amish buggy near the address of N1754 County Highway E in the Town of Little Black, Taylor County. It was further reported that there were multiple and significant injuries.

Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Medford Ambulance, Owen Ambulance and Fire, Stetsonville Fire, Gilman Ambulance, Thorp Ambulance, Medvac and medical helicopters were dispatched. Once emergency responders arrived on scene, they found 9 people injured. Preliminary reports indicate at least 8 of 9 required medical transport with significant injuries.

This investigation is currently ongoing but preliminary findings indicate the Amish buggy was traveling North bound on County Highway E with 10 occupants. A vehicle being operated by 35-year-old Skyler M. Opelt of Medford was also North bound on County Highway E approaching the buggy from behind. The vehicle being operated by Skyler Opelt overtook the buggy and struck it from behind at highway speeds.

Opelt is currently in custody at the Taylor County jail. Operating under the influence of a controlled substance and inattentive driving are believed to be factors in the collision.

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