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A very sad story
in north-central Missouri of two worlds colliding (literally and figuratively):
A 29-year-old Amish man who was steering his horse-and-buggy south on Highway 63 near Moberly, Missouri
on Tuesday was rear-ended by a vehicle cruising at 70 mph.
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune's story
, the Amish man, Eli Borntrager of Madison, Missouri
, was launched from his buggy, hit the pavement, and died from internal injuries including a broken neck.
Here's one of several intriguing paragraphs from the Daily Trib
Outside a farmhouse on Route Y [Tuesday] afternoon, a 22-year-old man
with a traditional beard, a straw hat and overalls greeted a reporter
with a somber smile. Asking that his name not be used, he said he heard
about Borntrager's accident at 1 p.m. when an MFA grain salesman -- one
of the "English" -- came by his house saying he'd just seen a wreck
involving a buggy on the highway.
"It's just like losing one of the family," the young man said of the death.
You really should read the whole story here
, part of which involves the reporter talking to the Amish about texting-while-driving. Also, Daily RFT
wonders: do people in the Amish community refer to all of us
outside of it as "the English"?