ARTHUR – A rural Arthur man remained hospitalized in critical condition today after the buggy he was driving near Arthur was hit by a sport utility vehicle Wednesday. His horse died.
Moultrie County sheriff's Deputy Jan Braden said Willis A. Miller, 52, was driving his buggy south on the Arthur-Atwood Road about 2 1/2 miles south of U.S. 36 when the buggy was hit by an SUV driven by Timothy W. Scheffer, 28, of Atwood.
The accident happened about 8:35 a.m. when fog was still heavy, Braden said. The Arthur-Atwood Road is also the county line road between Moultrie and Douglas counties.
Braden said Scheffer reported the fog was so heavy "that he didn't see the buggy until he was right on top of him." Scheffer hit the buggy from behind, destroying the buggy and critically injuring Miller's horse.
"The veterinarian from Arthur was called out and put the horse down," Braden said.
Miller was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital where he was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit this morning. Braden said he has not been able to interview him so the accident remains under investigation.
Braden said neither Scheffer nor his 11-month-old son, who was also in the SUV, was injured, but Scheffer's vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage.