2 young children die after Amish buggy struck by pickup truck in Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA BAY — Two children died and four other people were injured Wednesday afternoon when a pickup truck collided with a buggy on County Route 2 in the town of Alexandria.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies said that it was reported at about 2:20 p.m. that a truck had struck the buggy on Route 2 at Williams Road.
The first deputy to arrive at the scene determined that the six occupants of the Amish buggy were in need of serious medical attention, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
The deputy provided life-saving measures to the most severely injured person, a 1-year-old child, but it was determined upon the arrival of emergency medical personnel that the child had died.
Two adults were taken to River Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, while three other children from the buggy were taken to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.
A 3-year-old passenger on the buggy was later pronounced dead at Samaritan. The other two children were taken to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse. Deputies did not disclose their condition.
Deputies said a preliminary investigation showed that Charlene Kring, 26, LaFargeville, was driving a 2022 GMC pickup truck southwesterly on Route 2 when she drove into the back of the buggy, which was traveling in the same direction. Kring was not hurt in the collision.
Deputies said late Wednesday that the investigation into the crash is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by state police, the city of Watertown Police Department’s accident reconstruction team, fire departments from Plessis and Alexandria Bay, ambulances from Alexandria Bay, Evans Mills, Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Squad, Guilfoyle Ambulance Service and the Alexandria Town Highway Department.