14 December 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander
**Correction** Child is 3-years-old, not 5 as initially reported**
On December 14, 2019 New York State Police at Binghamton were dispatched to a report of a child that fell out of a minibus on Interstate 81 southbound near Kirkwood. The child has been transported to a local hospital.
The call was received at approximately 5:03 p.m. by Broome County 911. Troopers, the Kirkwood Fire Company, Five Mile Point Fire Company, Great Bend Hose Company 1 (Pennsylvania) and Broome County Ambulance quickly responded to the scene.
A preliminary investigation revealed that two minibuses with several members from an Amish community from Lancaster Pennsylvania were traveling south on Interstate 81. A 3-year-old child was in the rear area of the first bus with other children when he leaned on an emergency window. The emergency window opened and the child fell out onto the Interstate near mile marker 2 in Kirkwood. The buses immediately turned around traveling northbound then back southbound and located the child running along the shoulder of the Interstate.
The child did have lacerations, bumps and bruises but was alert and crying at the scene. He was transported to Wilson Medical Center.
The investigation continues.