Amish Child Falls out of Minibus on Interstate 81 near Kirkwood


New York State Police at Kirkwood were dispatched to a report received at 5 p.m. Saturday of a child who fell out of a minibus on Interstate 81 southbound near Kirkwood.

A preliminary investigation by state police revealed two minibuses with several members from an Amish community in Lancaster County, Pa., were traveling south on Interstate 81. A three-year-old child was in the rear of the first bus with other children when he leaned on an emergency window, which opened and the child fell out onto I-81 near mile marker 2 in Kirkwood.

The buses immediately turned around, traveled northbound on I-81, then around to go southbound and located the child running along the shoulder of the interstate.

State police reported the child, who was not named in I trial reports, had lacerations, bumps and bruises, but was alert and crying at the scene. He was transported to UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. No other information about the child or the name of the family was released in a news release Saturday from state police, who are continuing an investigation.

After the call was received by Broome County 911, state troopers, along with Kirkwood, Five Mile Point and Great Bend, Pa., fire companies, and Broome County Ambulance quickly responded to the scene.