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January 11, 2012 - 7:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

An injury accident requiring extrication has been reported at North Main and Chapel streets in the Village of Elba.

Elba Fire Department on scene. Mercy EMS dispatched. Fire police called to deal with traffic.

A tractor-trailer is apparently involved.

UPDATE  7:29 a.m.: Mercy Flight requested to the scene. Landing zone at the recreation hall.

UPDATE 7:38 a.m.: Mercy Flight 5 has a three-minute ETA.

UPDATE 7:40 a.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE 8:03 a.m.: Mercy Flight in the air, headed to Strong Memorial Hospital.

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January 9, 2012 - 5:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A Williamsville man who survived what was initially reported as a "bad" crash in Darien on Friday was released from the hospital today.

Matthew D. Holt, 34, of Ellicott Street, Williamsville, managed to crawl from the wreckage of his mangled car after going off the road in the area of 1987 Chick Road at 6:44 p.m., Friday. Responders at the scene described his condition as not entirely coherent when they arrived, though he was walking.

Holt was taken to the Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, Holt was westbound on Chick Road when his car drifted into the eastbound lane and then swerved back into the westbound lane. The 2001 Volvo sedan left the roadway on the north shoulder and sideswiped three trees, a rock pile, a shed and a fourth tree.

No cause of the accident is discussed in the report. The report lists no citations issued.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Cory Mower.

(Initial report)

January 9, 2012 - 5:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A 77-year-old resident of the Royal Apartments in Le Roy remains in guarded condition tonight following an accident Friday when she was run over by her own SUV-type vehicle.

Joan F. Cole was reportedly parked and exited her vehicle at 2:20 p.m. when the car began to role. Cole attempted to re-enter the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. She couldn't get in and fell to the ground.

The vehicle's front left tire rolled over Cole's pelvic and leg area.

Cole was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Le Roy Ambulance.

At Strong, "guarded condition" means the patient is being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit.

January 6, 2012 - 6:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A motor vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1987 Chick Road in Darien.

A caller to dispatch reports "it's bad."

Vehicle is reportedly smoking and the caller is concerned about getting near it. There are people in the vehicle.

Darien fire and ambulance and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Deputy arriving on scene says "it looked like it rolled."

It may have hit a building.

Mercy Flight on ground standby. One person out of vehicle and walking but not responding appropriately.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m.: Only one occupant, and the person is out of the vehicle. The vehicle is not on fire.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Mercy Flight still on ground standby. One Mercy response cancelled, another continuing.

UPDATE 7:02 p.m.: Mercy Flight dispatched to a landing zone on Griswold Road, Darien.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: Ten minute ETA for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Updated ETA of five or six minutes for Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Darien fire is clearing the scene.

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January 5, 2012 - 9:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries has been reported in the area of 266 East Ave., Batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Traffic is blocked.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Mercy EMS: "There's four patients here. So far, only one being transported." The injury is minor.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Both vehicles will need flatbed tows.

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January 4, 2012 - 3:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A pedestrian has reportedly been hit by a car on West Saile Drive in the area of the State Police Barracks.

The patient is reportedly up and walking around, complaining of side pain.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

January 3, 2012 - 10:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

The driver of a vehicle making a U-turn Monday afternoon at the intersection of Bloomingdale and Akerson roads, Alabama, was injured after being struck by an eastbound car.

Hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries was S.R. Weissenbuger, 55, of Citation Drive, Henrietta.

Weissenbuger was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way.

The other driver, Lola A. Sharlow, 63, of Hopkins Street, Mt. Morris, and her 17-year-old passenger were not injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

(Initial report)

January 2, 2012 - 1:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A T-bone accident with injuries is reported in the area of 1069 Bloomingdale Road, Alabama.

Alabama Fire Department is dispatched.

Two cars are blocking traffic.

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January 2, 2012 - 10:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander.

A driver allegedly failed to yield the right of way at the intersection Brookville Road and Route 20, leading to an accident at 1:19 p.m., Saturday, that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.

Cited was Cortney A. Spiotta, 19, of Bartz Road, Alexander. Spiotta was injured in the accident.

The other driver, William A. Congdon, 47, of Meadowlark Drive, Avon, was also injured. His passenger, Edward J. Howard, 50, was not injured.

Spiotta was reportedly pulling her 2004 Ford SUV from Brookville Road onto Route 20 when Congdon's 2005 Ford sedan struck her vehicle.

Investigator Deputy Chris Parker wrote in his report that Spiotta said she was creeping into the intersection to see if the coast was clear. She said she did not see Congdon's vehicle.

Congdon told Parker that he saw Spiotta's vehicle slow at the intersection and then proceed onto Route 20.

January 2, 2012 - 8:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car has rolled over on Route 98 just north of West Saile Drive.

The driver is believed to be out of the car.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: Vehicle is on its side in the front yard of the residence. Driver out walking around, not injured. A responder warns caution for others approaching the scene, "98 is just a sheet of ice from Elba all the way to the city."

UPDATE 9:23 a.m.: Female driver being transported to UMMC for evaluation.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Deputies still on scene discussed the traffic situation. Cars and trucks were struggling to get up a hill on Route 98. State DOT salted the road about five minutes prior. The scene is now clear.

January 1, 2012 - 10:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A car has reportedly run into a house at 60 Drake St., Oakfield.

The reported operator of the vehicle is a 6-year-old girl.

No injuries are reported. The girl is reported to be walking back to her father's house.

UPDATE 11:43 p.m.: No citations. No arrests. No injuries. Minimal damage. The 6-year-old apparently found her father's keys, sneaked out of the house, got in the car and left with the intention of going to her mother's house. She headed south down Irving Parkway and failed to negotiate a turn at Drake Street, heading straight into the yard of the house on the south side of the street. Her father's sedan knocked over a mailbox. A trooper on scene said, "Thank God there was no east or west traffic (on Drake Street) or we would have had a much worse situation." He said there wasn't any indication that the father was negligent in order to support a charge such as "endangering the welfare of a child."

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January 1, 2012 - 5:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, accident.

A 21-year-old driver who reportedly slammed his van through a guard rail and into the Tonawanda Creek off Walnut Street early Sunday morning has been charged with DWI.

Zachary D. Leitten, of 9351 Shepard Road, Batavia, was transported to UMMC after the accident and treated for injuries.

Beside facing a DWI charge, Leitten was cited for alleged speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from lane unsafely and driving on a sidewalk.

Officer Jason Ivison investigated the accident.

January 1, 2012 - 9:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A 21-year-old man was able to get himself out of his van early this morning after he drove it through a barrier on Walnut Street and into the Tonawanda Creek.

A witness said the van appeared to have crashed through the barrier at a high rate of speed and a police source said he may have been drinking.

No official police report is available this morning.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the turn of Walnut Street into South Main.

Cassandra Costner, who lives with her husband and children right at the intersection, said her family was sleeping when they heard a large boom. She looked out the window and saw the barrier down and called 9-1-1.

When she came outside, she said she and her husband were surprised by what they found.

"We saw the car in the creek and were like, 'Oh, wow, crazy,'" she said.

Costner said the driver came up the bank of the creek saying, "I'm OK. I'm OK. It's not as bad as it looks."

The driver was reportedly transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS, but no information has been released on his injuries, if any.

While at least one witness said he saw somebody running from the scene, Costner said she didn't see anybody at the scene other than the driver.

The van went through a wooden, reinforced barrier, a chain-link fence, over a boulder and down about 10 feet of embankment before landing in the water.

"We've lived here six years and never seen a car go in the creek," Costner said. "It's just crazy that somebody was going that fast, but people go flying down this road. It's gotten better since they put in the roundabout, but people just haul ass down this road."

December 30, 2011 - 10:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, thruway.

A vehicle has gone down an embankment on the westbound side of the Thruway in the area of mile marker 391 or 391.

Dispatchers have received several calls and they believe the car was eastbound and crossed over the median and across the westbound lanes.

Unknown injuries.

Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:23 p.m.: The vehicle came to rest in the front yard of a residence on Cheryl Lane. Two people are out of the car and apparently uninjured. 

UPDATE 10:29 p.m.: All Town of Batavia units back in service.

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December 29, 2011 - 5:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A woman has hit a dog near the five corners on Bank Street Road, Batavia.

The dog is injured. The woman's car is damaged.

A Sheriff's deputy is responding.

The woman doesn't know who owns the dog.

December 29, 2011 - 2:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A Probation Department car has been involved in an accident on West Main Street near Bogue Avenue.

It's a minor, two-car accident with no injuries and it's not blocking traffic.

Batavia PD responding to take a report.

December 29, 2011 - 11:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba.

Two people were injured in a crash on Lockport Road at Route 98, Elba, at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday, after one of the drivers allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign.

Transported to UMMC with non-life-threatening injuries by Mercy EMS were Kevin A. Dutton, 35, of Garden Park Apartments, Albion, and Dylan D. Dutton, 13.

Cited for allegedly failing to stop was Charles L. Hudson, 39, of Cottage Court, Warsaw.

Hudson was reportedly westbound on Lockport Road and Dutton was traveling southbound.

Neither Dutton nor his two passengers were injured.

A third person in Hudson's car was also not injured.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

(Initial report)

December 27, 2011 - 10:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, accident.

A driver who reportedly fled the scene of a minor-injury accident on Route 98 at West Saile Drive at 4:15 p.m., Monday, was later located and charged with DWI.

The driver, Leann F. Bach, 57, of West Bergen Road, Bergen, was also cited for allegedly running a red light and failure to yield right of way.

Suffering a minor injury in the accident was Verna M. Oehler, 63.

Bach was reportedly driving westbound on West Saile Drive in a 2003 Chevy SUV when she allegedly failed to stop for the red light at Route 98.

Northbound on Route 98 was John E. Oehler, 62, of Oak Orchard Road, Batavia, with Verna as a passenger, in a 2003 Chevy pickup. 

Fabian S. Hernandez, 48, of Columbia Avenue, Batavia, was also on Route 98 in a 2005 Ford SUV.

Bach reportedly attempted to make a left turn onto Route 98 and struck Oehler's vehicle, pushing it into the SUV driven by Hernandez.

Hernandez had 10 passengers in his vehicle, but none of them were injured.

Bach then reportedly continued south on Route 98 and was located some time later.

No other citations or criminal charges were listed in the accident report.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Greg Walker.

(Initial report)

December 26, 2011 - 6:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion, Starr Road.

A one-car accident with an injury has been reported on Starr Road at Hudson Road, Pavilion.

The victim is inside a residence at that location.

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

December 24, 2011 - 11:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

One person is reporting head and neck pain following a motor vehicle accident on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

The cars are reportedly in the parking lot of That Taco Place.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.


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