(Lowell) The operator of a horse and buggy was seriously injured Friday morning after being rear-ended by an SUV. The crash was reported at 7:10am in the Town of Lowell. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says the horse and buggy was traveling east on State Highway 16-60, near County Highway J, when the eastbound SUV approaching from behind struck the rear of the buggy. The lone occupant in the buggy was ejected, sustained severe injuries and was transported by LifeNet helicopter to UW Hospital in Madison. The driver and sole occupant of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was taken to Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam. The horse was injured but is alive and is being cared for by the owner. State Highway 16-60 was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was being investigated. The crash remains under investigation. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by departments from Beaver Dam, Reeseville, Lowell and Clyman along with the Dodge County Emergency Response Team.