Husband of woman killed in Virginia horse and buggy, pickup truck crash succumbs to injuries

The husband of a woman who was killed when a pickup truck collided with their horse and buggy in Cumberland County, Virginia has succumbed to his injuries, State Police said on Tuesday.

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State Police also identified the couple as Barbie Esh, 38 – who was killed at the scene – and John Esh, 39, who died on Monday after being flown to VCU Medical Center Sunday evening. 

Their eight children – whose ages range from 9-months-old to 16-years-old – were all transported to local medical facilities. Their injuries range from minor to serious, State Police say.

Investigators also revealed additional information about the crash – noting that the horse and buggy was traveling south on Route 45 when the pickup truck struck it from behind.

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They say the pickup truck driver continued onward – but then returned to the scene shortly after.

The horse had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. 

State Police noted that the buggy had a "Slow Moving Vehicle" sign attached – as well as working tail lights and headlights.

The pickup truck driver has not been identified – but State Police said he is a 60-year-old man from Farmville.

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They say charges are still pending.