NOTTAWA TOWNSHIP (AP) – Authorities say a 38-year-old Amish man has died after being run over by a horse-drawn farm wagon that broke free in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette and WTVB-AM report Daniel Yoder of St. Joseph County’s Nottawa Township was driving the wagon loaded with hay Thursday night when the yoke between the horses broke, part of the trailer gave way and the wagon rolled down a hill and off the road.

The sheriff’s department says Yoder was run over after falling off the wagon or trying to jump to safety.

The accident happened in Nottawa Township, about 75 miles south of Grand Rapids.

On Tuesday night, an Amish woman was killed in Quincy Township when her horse-drawn wagon was struck from behind by a pickup truck.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.

Comments (42)
  1. Mikey says:

    Was it a hit and trot?

    1. Chris says:

      I was just in northern NY and saw an Amish horse tied all day in the sun while children sold veggies barefoot all day in 88 deg temps. I feel sorry for Amish kids and animals.

      1. Yoder says:

        Why should I believe you Chris? Even so, the Amish must live stupid.

      2. artemis133 says:

        No wonder this country is circling the drain. People like Chris are such pantywaists.

      3. homer says:

        ’tis a fine barn, but sure ’tis no pool, english.

      4. Mikey says:


        Nice line homer.

    2. Iron Head says:

      Good one Mikey!

      1. Mikey says:

        Thank you kind sir/madam. Was it in poor taste? Sure, but humor rarely isn’t.

  2. Bill Froehley says:

    Were they wearing their seat belts?

  3. Steeeeevo says:

    I’m digging deep for a witty comment. Coming up with NOTHING!

  4. Marbran says:

    Hay today, gone tomorrow.

  5. Michael in SoCal says:

    Live by the horse, die by the horse, I suppose.

    1. Steeeeevo says:

      THAT’s what I meant to say.

  6. Casey says:

    Why is this sad event so funny to people?. This is a real death of a real human being.

    1. Robert Sidonio Jr says:

      i agree. sad for this man’s family.

    2. Mikey says:

      Pot meet kettle, Derek. That is also a very large brush you seem to be painting with, and I didn’t even link to this from Drudge.

      I would note also that the liberals were leaving extremely bad comments on the stories about wildfires in the south west and when we had that bad string of tornados. But don’t let that keep you from your closed minded and hypocritical opinions…

    3. littleleers says:

      I am a Drudgie and find these comments tasteless. Doesn’t matter how the young man died, it is a sad time for his family and friends. Here where I live in the PNW, there are always reports of deaths due to people being hit by falling trees during a storm.

      Nothing funny about an innocent dying

    4. Steven says:

      We are? That is a lot of people. To think, a simple website that links interesting news stories. You are a real intellectual I can see.

    5. Dannyboy says:

      I agree. It is sickening how desensitized people have become. My heart goes out to this man and his family.

      1. Russ says:

        Totally agree. Hey funny people, when one of your family members gets killed, let us know so we can make stupid jokes about it – okay? Until then, have a look in the mirror and ask what kind of jerk you’ve become.

  7. Montford John Greenwood says:

    Here comes the horse drawn wagon ban? Here comes the federal buggie police.

  8. Linda says:

    My heart aches for all the Amish families, they have had a lot of tragic deaths this year. The Amish are a God loving, deeply spiritual, kind and hard working people. The rest of us benefit greatly just from knowing some of them.

    1. karl anglin says:


    2. P Young says:

      You got that right Linda

    3. artemis133 says:

      Thank you, Linda! You’ve got that right!

  9. Franny says:

    You are so correct. These people have no compassion do they?

  10. yormama says:

    Agree with Euben.

    Too bad the Amish don’t enjoy the “victim” status of those who shout !!!RAAAAACIST!!! at every real and imagined slight.

    1. techno says:

      I bet the wagon was black.

  11. James D says:

    It’s time for more regulation of these dangerous conveyances before more Amish are hurt! (I’m kidding, of course, but just wait; some liberal nutjob will suggest this for real.)

  12. John King says:

    Add horses to the terrorist watch list and take the Amish off.

  13. Derek says:

    You are a racist piece of garbage, and I have no qualms with the Amish.

    1. Art House says:

      You are the vile one here. Do you even know who one of your parents are? Or, were you created in a plastic cup – from a bump in the night? Derek – the Disgusting Puke! Talk about classless people. You win.

  14. Art House says:

    How shameful for commentators on this issue to make fun of this incident, to ridicule this farmer for his beliefs and how he lived his life. People die in car accidents every day without ridicule. It is a sad state of affairs when we cannot watch these farmers go about their lives in peace and in sync with their religeous beliefs without ridicule. This man was haying the fields to feed his livestock, which in turn feeds people. He should be mourned – and we should all pray for the family he surely left behind. Shame on us all!

  15. JoJo says:

    At least the Amish won’t be reading these comments…..

  16. Tim says:

    I feel bad for him, but I still ove to make stupid Amish jokes. You guys really need to lighten up.

  17. Steve Marten says:

    Q: What goes clop, clop, clop, clop, clop, BANG, clop, clop, clop, clop…?

    A: An Amish drive-by shooting.

    1. Steeeeevo says:

      Good. Verrrrry good.

  18. Zul says:

    To all those people calling those making jokes vile, you know nothing of this man or his life. He could of been the village rapist, or murdered people, You know nothing about him and yet you give him pity? Did you know the Amish marry and breed as young as 12? Your the same people who would call a pedophile a horrible person, yet here you are judging other people for trying to make a tragedy a little bit happier, and you judge them when you know nothing about the man or those making jokes? your the real vile ones.

  19. amishman says:

    Speed kills.