The incident happened on Route 16 in the Town of Ishua about about 3:45 Monday afternoon, when the buggy was hit from behind by the dark blue Chrysler van, sending the horse and buggy into at ditch.
The operator of the buggy and his two sons were taken by Hinsdale ambulance to Olean General Hospital, where they were treated for scalp lacerations and other non-life-threatening injuries. The horse sustained internal injuries, but was able to walk, and was taken by trailer back his owner’s home. The buggy was destroyed.
Troopers say the van is an older model with some rust and dark tinted windows, and it has the gold New York license plates. They say it will have heavy passenger side damage and, possibly, a broken windshield.
Anyone with pertinent information is asked to call New York State Police.