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Tragedy Strikes Holden/Amish Community Again

The loss of life in a tragic accident struck the Holden and Amish communities again last week when 20-year-old Katie Kemp (Holden) perished in a truck/buggy accident.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report said the young woman was riding in the Amish buggy last Wednesday afternoon with driver, Chris L. Kemp. At about 5:30 p.m. while traveling on Southbound O at Highway at SW 745th Road, the driver of a 2011 Dodge Ram, 36-year-old Jacob L. Truex, Chilhowee, struck the buggy from the rear, ejecting both Kemps.

It was reported the buggy came to a rest of top of the horse, while Katie Kemp was flown by LifeFlight to Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Sadly, she was pronounced dead about a day later.

Chris Kemp survived the crash with minor injuries, which were treated at Research as well.

Truex reportedly was uninjured.

For Holden, the accident was another painful episode, in that the community still has not recovered from a similar occurrence when members of the Gingerich Amish family were seriously injured in a crash in August last year.

Along with many sympathies to the family, residents already have started seeking ways to help the Kemp family, as was the case with the Gingerich family.

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