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From LancasterOnline.com  (September 2, 2013)

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.


Kirsten Blose posted a new journal entry, "3/13/14".

From Brian:  It has been approximately 6 1/2 months since the accident and more than 5 weeks since an update on how our family and Amanda, in particular, is doing. ... Read more

Tina Shockey signed Amanda's Guestbook.

So happy to hear your trip was successful! Continued memory making surrounded by God's love.  Continued joy is wished to you all! Read more

Kirsten Blose added a new photo.

Colleen Fisher signed Amanda's Guestbook.

So happy to hear how God is impacting Amanda's life and the lives of her family.  God is bestowing His hearling grace to her and it is so wonderful to see her thriving.  ... Read more

Rachel and Rich Yoder signed Amanda's Guestbook.

Such awesome news,PTL. Especially the part that Amanda is Amanda, it makes me weep for joy for you.You all have been such a comfort, to realize despite this tremendous ... Read more

Alicia Glassmyer signed Amanda's Guestbook.

It is great to hear the wonderful news so we can sing praises with you.  I had Kylie when I subbed at Central Manor and she is a wonderful student.  It's great to hear ... Read more

Kirsten Blose posted a new journal entry, "2/4/13".

From Brian:  It is amazing how time has passed by so quickly the last five months since the accident.  Amanda continues to be doing very well.  She is only attending ... Read more

Mary Wittemann signed Amanda's Guestbook.

Mr. Mattern,You and your family will be in our prayers as you make the transition into the classroom on Friday. Read more

Colleen Fisher signed Amanda's Guestbook.

Great to see you enjoy your Christmas and New Year's.  May God continue to bless you and your family throughout this coming year.  Your story is amazing and has touched ... Read more

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