SALAMANCA — Several injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 86 Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, an elderly man from Salamanca was traveling east in a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck at about 12:40 p.m. when it reportedly struck the rear of a 2020 Ford Edge stopped on the shoulder of the road.
As a result of the collision, the Dakota spun around, facing west in the eastbound lane, while the Edge, occupied by four males from the Buffalo area, was forced off the shoulder and into a wooded area.
The driver of the Dakota was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital with suspected minor injuries.
All four occupants of the Edge reportedly sustained injuries. Two passengers were taken to OGH for non-life-threatening injuries, while the driver and one passenger were transported by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center with reported serious injuries.
The New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Salamanca City Fire Department, Seneca Nation Fire and EMS, Randolph Fire Department, East Randolph Fire Department and Mercy Flight assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the incident.
The investigation is ongoing.