A woman was critically injured and a horse was killed after a vehicle struck the horse late Sunday in Paradise Township.
Amanda Mattern, 37, of Mountville, suffered head injuries in the crash, and was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment, where she was listed in critical condition Monday morning.
Also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries were Brian Mattern, 41, of Mountville, and two girls, age 6 and 9, who all were riding in the same vehicle.
According to state police, Brian Mattern was driving a 2004 Honda minivan west on Route 30, just east of Black Horse Road, around 11:30 p.m.
Police said Mattern didn't see a horse running loose, heading east, on Route 30 in the same lane, and the minivan struck the horse head on.
The horse hit the front of the minivan and crashed through the passenger side of the windshield, where Amanda Mattern was sitting, before coming to rest partially inside the vehicle.
According to police, the horse had broken away from a nearby gathering of Amish as the owners were trying to hitch it to their buggy.
A road crew from Paradise Township extricated the horse from the minivan before the vehicle could be towed away.
Route 30 was closed in both directions at the scene until the cleanup was completed.