State Police Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Amish Buggy in Gouverneur
One man was killed and another was injured in a fatal crash Sunday morning in the North Country.
According to a press release, State Police and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 in Gouverneur around 5:15 a.m. on Sunday. Police wrote that the a 2002 Ford Expedition, operated by 36-year-old James R. Shuster Jr., of Brushton, had struck a horse-drawn Amish buggy, carrying 23-year-old Levi L. Swartzentruber Jr. and 20-year-old Mose L. Swartzentruber, both of Antwerp.
County Coroner Kevin Crosby pronounced Levi Swartzentruber Jr. dead at the scene, and Mose Swartzentruber was transported to Gouverneur Hospital with leg and shoulder pain. The horse carrying the men in the buggy was severely injured in the accident and "was dispatched by law enforcement."
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the New York State Police.
Just last August, a distracted driver was at fault for another scary crash involving a horse and buggy in the North Country, this time in Franklin County. Fortunately, both the horse and all of the buggy's occupants, including two young children, only had minor injuries, but the crash served as a reminder for drivers to pay attention at all times when behind the wheel.
"We want to remind drivers to please pay attention and share the road in the areas where these buggies are operated," the New York State Police wrote.
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