BLOOMFIELD — A truck hitting a buggy killed a man on a rural stretch of road Friday morning.

The Davis County Sheriff's Office confirms a caller told them that a tractor trailer had been in an accident with an Amish horse and buggy Friday morning.

Norman Yutzy, 77, of rural Davis County was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Yutzy was thrown from the buggy," Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis said.

Police are continuing to investigate.

The incident happened on Ice Avenue, about two miles south of Drakesville. The emergency dispatcher received the call around 9 a.m. Friday.

Yutzy had been driving the buggy. Jeremy Tharp, 31 of rural Bloomfield, had been driving the semi.

Here's how events appear to have occurred: Both were going north on Ice Avenue, said Sheriff Davis.

Then, at least according to the initial investigation, said the sheriff, Tharp reduced his speed in order to make a safe pass around the horse and buggy. So far, investigators say they are being told the horse veered left — and into the path of the truck; it was the horse that was hit initially, not the buggy itself.

Davis has requested assistance in the investigation from the Iowa State Patrol.

"That [investigation] continues with a traffic investigator; they recreated the accident scene and it will take time to sort [their findings] out," the sheriff said.

He added that it's "a difficult time" whenever there's a fatality.

He was doing what he could to help the community deal with the difficult loss of a human being, which is his priority.

However, he acknowledged that some readers and other citizens were also inquiring about the well-being of the horse. He said it was injured but the injuries do not appear life threatening.

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