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Police say trucker ran stop sign and collided with motorhome in New York, injuring nine


The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) says that a trucker was cited for running a stop sign just before he collided with a motorhome in New York, injuring nine people.

Authorities responded to a report that a full-sized motorhome and a semi truck collided near State Route 20A at State Route 238 in Orangeville, New York, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 17.

When police arrived at the crash site, they found both vehicles crashed off the roadway and nine people, including five children, suffering from injuries.

WCSO investigated the crash and determined that the truck driver, Leonard K. Lwindi, 30, of Amherst, New York, “was the at fault vehicle for the collision.”

From WCSO:

It was determined that … Lwindi.. was operating a 2019 International tractor with trailer northbound on Hermitage Road in the Town of Orangeville. As the tractor trailer approached the intersection with State Route 20A, Lwindi failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection and drove into oncoming traffic at full speed. Simultaneously, a westbound 2008 Gulf motorhome was traveling through the intersection, and was occupied by a family from New Jersey traveling to Niagara Falls. Both vehicles collided within the intersection, causing both vehicles to exit the roadway. Lwindi was found to be at fault for the collision and was subsequently issued a traffic citation for VTL 1172-A Failure To Stop At Stop Sign, and Lwindi was scheduled to answer the charge in the Town of Orangeville Court at a later date. Investigation continues, and further charges are possible.

None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening. The motorhome driver was airlifted for treatment. A three year old was taken by ambulance to Oishei’s Children’s Hospital with a non-life threatening injury. Other injured people were treated at the scene.

Other responding agencies include the Warsaw Fire Department, Vaysburg Fire Department, North Java Fire Department, Wyoming County EMS, Mercy Flight, Wyoming County Office of Emergency Management, New York State Police, DMR Towing, and Valley Sales & Service.


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