Unoccupied Buggy Struck Going Wrong Way On I-86

Firefighters search near the scene of a crash between a truck and an Amish buggy late Sunday on Interstate 86. The buggy was unoccupied when the crash occurred in the eastbound lane, state police said. Photo by the New York State Police

KENNEDY — An unoccupied Amish buggy that was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 86 was struck by a semi tractor-trailer Sunday, the New York State Police said.

County dispatch had received several calls around 10 p.m. of the buggy in the eastbound lane of the interstate near the Kennedy exit.

According to Capt. Eric Balon of the New York State Police, the buggy was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane when a 2014 Volvo semi, driven by 57-year-old Kevin Jacobs of Louisville, Kentucky, struck the horse head-on. The horse was killed in the collision.

The owner, 44-year-old Emanuel Kurtz of Mud Creek Road, Kennedy, told troopers that the horse had run off with the buggy before he could get the buggy secured.

“The buggy was unoccupied when it hit the truck,” Balon told The Post-Journal. “The occupants of the truck were not hurt, but there was substantial damage and a small fuel leak.”

County HAZMAT crews responded to the interstate due to the leak.

The eastbound lane of the interstate was briefly closed to traffic.

Firefighters from Kennedy and Falconer, as well as county EMS crews, also responded.


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