CORNING - The driver of a tractor-trailer and two child passengers escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when the truck smashed into a freeway noise barrier at about 10:30 a.m.
The accident occured on Interstate Highway 86, just west of exit 46, injuring the driver and two children and jamming up traffic for several hours.
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said the accident was caused by high speed and the tractor-trailer hydroplaning on the wet roadway.
The driver and the two children, one riding in the front passenger seat and the other in a sleeper berth, received non-life-threatening injuries during the wreck, Allard said. Each was taken by ambulance to the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.
The names of the three passengers were not released, Allard said.
According to authorities, the driver had obvious physical injuries from the impact, while the two children did not have any obvious injuries, but all were taken to the hospital.
Allard said the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received fantastic assistance from the Corning City Police, the State Police and the State Department of Transportation.
“We’re very thankful for the assistance,” Allard said.