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The Journal Gazette

Monday, June 10, 2019 8:18 am

DWI charges filed after crash kills 3

An Angola man faces charges from a traffic crash in southern Michigan on Friday evening that killed three children riding in a horse-drawn carriage. 

Tyler Frye, 21, of Angola faces three counts of driving while intoxicated causing death and two counts of driving while intoxicated causing serious injury, Michigan State Trooper Seth Reed told the Detroit Free Press. 

Frye was arraigned Saturday and was being held at the Branch County Jail on a $500,000 bond. 

Jail records didn't list an attorney for him. 

The crash involving Frye's pickup truck and the carriage happened in Branch County's Algansee Township, near Michigan's borders with Indiana and Ohio amid an area that has numerous Amish communities. 

Police said all seven people in the carriage – two adults and five children – were ejected in the crash. 

Two children, ages 6 and 2, died at the scene, and a 4-year-old died later at a hospital. Another child and a woman who were in the carriage remained hospitalized with serious injuries, Reed said. 

The relationships of those in the carriage were unclear and state police didn't immediately reply to phone messages seeking additional information. 

The Associated Press contributed to this roundup.