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GOUVERNEUR — State police have identified the occupants of the horse-drawn Amish buggy involved in a fatal crash Sunday morning.

Levi L. Swartzentruber Jr., 23, and Mose L. Swartzentruber, 20, both of Antwerp, were traveling in the buggy near Bristol Road on Route 11, when their buggy was struck by a 2002 Ford Expedition operated by James R. Shuster Jr., 36, of Brushton, according to state police.

St. Lawrence County Coroner Kevin Crosby pronounced Levi Swartzentruber dead at the scene. Mose Swartzentruber was taken to Gouverneur Hospital for leg and shoulder pain, and the horse was severely injured. No other injuries were reported.

St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies assisted on scene and the crash remains under investigation.

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I buggies are so hard to see I fear hitting one myself. It is a terrible tragedy.


Accident appears to have occurred at 5:00 AM... dark.. visibility of such buggies is hard at best... if any precipitation ..bad weather conditions.. even harder... not blaming, just saying...


Ill admit I wasn't there. However As, as many times as I have witnessed super aggressive drivers in the last few years, I'm inclined to think the pickup up driver was not as cautious as he should have been. Now a man is dead and a family grieves.

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