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Pennsylvania state trooper saves 3-year-old Amish girl from runaway buggy drawn by galloping horse


Pennsylvania state trooper saves 3-year-old Amish girl from runaway buggy drawn by galloping horse

  • State Police Sgt Lee Bunyak rescued three-year-old Amish girl from horse-drawn buggy in Marienville, Pennsylvania 
  • Girl was alone in the buggy when the horse got spooked and broke into a full gallop, nearly tipping over the carriage 
  • Bunyak and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker Steve Cochran together stopped the runaway horse and pulled the child to safety   

A Pennsylvania state trooper rescued a three-year-old Amish girl from a buggy being drawn by an out-of-control horse. 

The incident took place in Marienville, Forest County, in late September, but news of it only came out over the weekend.

According to a report by WTAE-TV, the toddler was alone in the buggy when the horse got spooked by something.

State Police Sgt Lee Bunyak is pictured holding a three-year-old Amish girl in his arms after pulling her from a runaway buggy in Marienville, Pennsylvania

State Police Sgt Lee Bunyak is pictured holding a three-year-old Amish girl in his arms after pulling her from a runaway buggy in Marienville, Pennsylvania 

The child was alone in the buggy when the horse drawing it got spooked and broke into a full gallop, nearly tipping over the carriage

The child was alone in the buggy when the horse drawing it got spooked and broke into a full gallop, nearly tipping over the carriage 

The frightened animal took off running, breaking into a full gallop, with the child still inside the carriage.

According to the report, at one point the buggy nearly overturned.

Sgt Bunyak, who was on duty at the time, was able to stop the runaway horse and pull the Amish girl to safety with the help of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employee Steve Cochran.

Cochran wrote in a Facebook comment on Sunday that the incident left him shaken up. 

‘[I] had to stop that horse,’ he said.  

Photos taken at the scene showed the trooper holding the toddler, clad in a black coat and matching knee socks, in his arms.

DailyMail.com reached out to the State Police seeking comment on the incident, but no additional information was immediately available. 

Trooper Bunyak has served with the Pennsylvania State Police since 2002. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2018.   

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