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Driver rescued after tractor-trailer crashes, becomes submerged in Horseheads pond

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A semi-truck veered off Interstate 86 near the Walmart Supercenter in Horseheads early Sunday morning, plunging into a nearby retention pond.


The distress call, which was made around 7:30AM, drew attention to Exit 52A where a patrolling lieutenant from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office spotted the trailer’s rear emerging from the water with smoke emanating from it.

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Sheriff Bill Schrom reported that the driver, trapped inside the truck’s cab, was successfully extricated with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

As of late Sunday morning, emergency crews were still actively working to retrieve the submerged vehicle. On-site photos revealed tire marks from the truck indicating its trajectory from the exit, across a grassy patch, an I-86 on-ramp section, before crashing through a guardrail into the pond. Authorities have temporarily closed Exit 52A to aid the recovery operations.