SALAMANCA – Two men were seriously hurt, and several others injured after Sheriff’s Deputies say an elderly man from Salamanca caused a crash on I-86 in Cattaraugus County on Wednesday.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a Dodge Dakota pickup truck operated by the elderly man rear ended a 2020 Ford Edge that was stopped on the eastbound right shoulder of the highway for a mechanical issue just after 12:40 p.m. near Salamanca.
Deputies say the pickup truck spun out of control before crashing to a stop, while the Ford SUV was forced off the shoulder, going through the grass and into a wooded area nearby.
The elderly man and two occupants of the SUV were taken by Ambulance to Olean General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, deputies say.
The other two of the four occupants of the SUV were taken via medical helicopter to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries.
I-86 between exit 15, School House Road, to exit 20, in Salamanca was closed for several hours while crews worked the scene.
New York State Police, NYS Park Police, Salamanca City Fire, Seneca Nation Fire and EMS, Randolph Fire, East Randolph Fire and Mercy Flight assisted the Sheriff’s Deputies.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
This crash is separate from a fatal collision that happened on the highway just hours later.