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UPDATE: Teen passenger in horse-drawn buggy crash succumbs to injuries

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The 13-year old girl aboard the buggy that was struck by a van Tuesday has succumbed to her injuries she sustained in the crash.

THP Lt. John Harmon confirmed the news to Channel 3 Wednesday afternoon. Charges against the driver could be upgraded in light of the death.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol's report on the van that crashed into the horse-drawn buggy Tuesday indicates that the van's driver was drunk.

The THP says that the van's driver, Jason Shelton, 28, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Linsdale Road when he struck a horse-drawn buggy that was hauling corn.

The buggy, driven by Daniel Wanner, 50 also had a 13-year-old passenger aboard who was airlifted to a local hospital.

Shelton continued to drive the van after the crash until it stopped, and then fled on foot. TWRA and deputies were able to capture Shelton, and found him to be intoxicated.

Shelton has been charged with:

  • No proof of insurance
  • Leaving the scene of a crash with injuries
  • Leaving the scene of a crash
  • DUI
  • Vehicle assault by intoxication
  • Failure to notify of crash
  • Failure to render aid
  • Following improperly

PREVIOUS STORY: The Tennessee Highway patrol is investigating a crash in Polk County involving a horse drawn buggy and Ford van.

It happened on Lindsdale Road in Delano just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A spokesperson says one person in the buggy was flown to a hospital with serious injuries, after a Ford Windstar hit the carriage.

The condition of the others involved is unknown.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.

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