Man hit by vehicles on I-86

Jeffery Smith
Authorities respond to the scene on I-86.

A 21-year-old man was hit by several vehicles early Thursday morning, Jan. 12, near the Gibson Bridge on Interstate Highway 86, in what may have been a suicide.

Troopers declined to release the name of the victim, but did say he was a local resident.

State Police Inv. Allison Regan said the man’s body will be sent to the Monroe County Medical Center for positive identification.

“It will be released early (this) morning (Friday),” Regan said.

State Police Zone Commander Capt. Rick Allen said the victim was initially hit by a black Cadillac at about 4:56 a.m.

Moments later, the man was hit by a tractor-trailer and at least one other car, Allen said.

“At that time, it was very dark and raining,” Regan said. “It was difficult to see. (The body) was hit by at least three vehicles and maybe more.

Our investigation has found the vehicles involved were not at all in fault.”

Regan said after the initial collision, the driver of the Cadillac circled back to the scene, only to find the tractor-trailer driver had pulled over after hitting the victim.

Troopers were unsure if the victim was walking on I-86 before being hit or if he jumped off the Gibson Bridge into the oncoming traffic.

“We’re not sure how it happened at this time,” Allen said. “I can’t say what brought him out here. It’s being investigated.”

Authorities shut down the eastbound lanes of I-86 between exits 46 and 47 for nearly six hours while the accident was being investigated. A covered-up body lay on the side of the highway as state police investigated the scene.

A few hundred yards to the east, a Cadillac and a tractor-trailer were pulled over to the side of the road, surrounded by police cars.

The incident backed up traffic for several miles. I-86 eastbound was shut down from exit 46, near the Corning Museum of Glass, and commuters were diverted through the city of Corning, to exit 47.

The eastbound lane was closed at 5:15 a.m. and reopened at 11:06 a.m., troopers said.

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