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May 31, 2011 - 7:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

A car has struck a utility pole and at least one person suffered minor injuries in an accident on Cacner Road, Bethany.

Bethany Fire Department is responding.

May 28, 2011 - 4:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A driver was taken to ECMC with a complaint of neck pain yesterday following a one-car rollover accident at 4:54 p.m. on Route 77, Darien.

Nickol R. Burnett, 20, of Horseshoe Lake Road, Stafford, was cited for allegedly driving too fast for conditions.

Deputy Chris Parker, in his report, said the roads were slick with rain and Burnett lost control of her vehicle. Her 2004 Chevy sedan began to spin clockwise and traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert at the end of a driveway causing it to overturn.

May 26, 2011 - 5:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car reportedly struck a deer on Route 5 near Kelsey Road.

There are injuries reported.

East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 6:28 p.m.: One person was transported to UMMC by ground ambulance. Officials on scene said that a driver of another vehicle saw the deer, slowed down and the deer jumped over that car and landed on this minivan. No further information available at this time.

May 25, 2011 - 5:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

Though the sun shone on Bergen this morning, there was little joy in the tiny village of 1,200 people.

The community laid to rest one of its youngest members today, Eric. C. Wall, 16, who died Friday afternoon in a tragic and ultimately unexplainable accident

An overflow crowd filled the Methodist Church for an hour-long service.

After the service, Pastor Michael Merry spoke with reporters and said though it is a sad day, it's also a day of hope.

"I see hope in a community that has come together," Merry said. "I see hope that we can maybe find a way to prevent this kind of tragic death from happening again."

On Friday afternoon, at about 2:45, Eric was on his way home from school with two friends. When they got into the village, the three boys went their separate ways and Eric apparently decided to try and run across the train tracks. It's impossible to know what he saw or what he thought. There was a CSX train coming from the west and an Amtrak train coming from the east. Eric was first struck by the passenger train and then by the cargo train. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This has been very difficult for the community to cope with," Merry said. "Perhaps the most difficult part -- as you can just hear -- is the train whistle in the background. We have about 70 trains per day come through here. It's going to be hard to get that sound out of our heads. I think this is a day of healing, but as we hear that train go by, we will also remember."

Merry said Eric was memorialized during the service as a kid who made people laugh and stuck up for weaker, picked-on classmates, and would stand up for what he believed in.

"We will mourn his loss," Merry said. "He will be missed in all kinds of ways."

On Saturday, Eric's brother planted an apply tree in the little park near the train tracks. The tree was a gift from the community. At 9 a.m., Monday, the tree will be dedicated in a community service. Merry asked that the media let the community have a quiet, undisturbed ceremony.

For more coverage from The Batavian's news partner, WBTA, click here.

May 24, 2011 - 12:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A two-car accident has been reported in the area of 1431 Broadway Road, Darien.

Initially, one driver was trapped, but managed to get himself out.

No injuries are reported. Medics responding for evaluation of victims.

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May 23, 2011 - 9:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A 6-year-old child on South Main Street fell down a flight of stairs, about 15 feet, and was unconscious but breathing when Mercy EMS arrived.

With a storm coming, a Mercy ambulance is hurrying to the airport so that the child can be taken to a hospital by Mercy Flight before a storm hits the area.

There is a 10-minute window available.

The child was reportedly reviving during transport.

UPDATE 10:07 p.m.: Mercy Flight in route to Strong Memorial Hospital.

May 23, 2011 - 7:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, accident, Alabama, Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

A one-vehicle rollover accident with no injuries has been reported in the area of 986 Bloomingdale Road, Basom.

The driver is reportedly out of the vehicle and walking around.

Alabama Fire Department dispatched.

UPDATE 7:43 a.m.: An assistant chief on scene reports that "he didn't roll it, he just went off the side of the road." No injuries. Alabama equipment held in the hall.

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May 22, 2011 - 9:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A car is off the road on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 396, which puts it about 8/10 of a mile east of the Slusser Road overpass.

Unknown injuries.

East Pembroke fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:28 p.m.: Another caller indicates a vehicle is on its side. No person is seen outside the vehicle.

UPDATE 9:32 p.m.: First responder reports car on all four wheels. Mercy EMS can respond non-emergency.

May 20, 2011 - 11:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A 16-year-old Byron-Bergen High School student apparently tried to dash across train tracks on the north side of Lake Avenue on Friday afternoon and was struck by a westbound Amtrak train.

The youth was then hit by an eastbound CSX train.

Pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Robert Yungfleish was Eric C. Wall, of Bergen.

Eric walked home from school with two friends Friday. At some point on Lake Avenue, Eric and his friends went their separate ways and Eric started running north, toward home. He went under a pedestrian gate at the train crossing even while warning bells were clanging, according to witnesses.

Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble said it's impossible to know what Eric's intentions were or if he was aware that not just one, but two trains were bearing down on the intersection.

One village resident said there has been a problem recently with the crossing gates going down and the bells ringing even though no train was coming.

Eric made it across one pair of tracks before being struck, Dibble said.

After he was struck, Eric's body was apparently thrown across Lake Avenue, landing on the south shoulder of the roadway near the train tracks.

The accident was reported at 2:47 p.m. By 3:15 p.m., dozens of students from Byron-Bergen were in the village, all seemingly aware of what had happened and who had been killed. Many students were in tears.

At least six school officials, a few wearing "crisis team" badges, were on scene.

Mayor Ralph Marsocci said he knew Eric. Like many Byron-Bergen students, Eric would stop into Ralph and Rosie's delicatessen after school for a slice of pizza.

"He was a wonderful kid, as most of them are," Marsocci said. "He was always very polite, always said 'thank you.'"

In a village of only 1,200 people, Eric's tragic death would be felt by the whole community, Marsocci said.

"People are devastated," Marsocci.

Friends of Eric's who spoke with the media said that Eric was fun to be around.

"He was really funny," Nicole Adams said. "He was like awkward funny. He would make stupid jokes, but everybody would laugh. Whoever was with him was always happy because he was always funny."

Her sister, Shauna, added, "I barely knew him and every time I talked to him he made me laugh."

The girls said they found out about the accident because a friend was on a school bus that was in the area and saw the whole thing and called them immediately.

Dibble said investigators gathered a number of statements from eyewitnesses. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene were the Bergen Fire Department and State Police.

May 20, 2011 - 2:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A train conductor has called in a train-vs.-pedestrian accident at the North Lake Avenue railroad crossing in Bergen.

Bergen Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Dispatchers checking on the availability of Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 2:56 p.m.: Emergency medical response canceled.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.: On scene, confirmed fatality.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: A student of Byron-Bergen High School was killed in the accident. His name has not yet been released. The youth was apparently headed northbound on the east side of North Lake Avenue when he decided to try crossing the tracks. There was an eastbound CSX training coming and a westbound Amtrak train. He was struck by the Amtrak train. There were several eyewitnesses to the accident, according to Deputy Chief Gordon Dibble. He said investigators are still determining the details and comparing statements. Dozens of Byron-Bergen students were on scene within minutes of the accident, many of them in tears. Students we spoke to described the youth as popular and fun to be around. The accident apparently happened right in front of a school bus with students on board. At least a half-dozen school officials were on scene, many of them wearing "crisis team" badges. We'll have a complete story later tonight. The roadway is just now being reopened.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Also, grief counselors are at the school tonight starting at 7 p.m. for anyone in the community who needs to talk.

May 17, 2011 - 10:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Vine Street.

A car has reportedly struck at pole in the area of 128 Vine St., Batavia.

If there are injuries, they are apparently minor.

No wires are reported down.

City fire and Mercy EMS asked to respond non-emergency. City police are on scene.

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May 16, 2011 - 4:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Union Street.

Reader Doug Veltz submitted pictures of this morning's one-car accident on Union Street. At this point, we have no further information on the accident (initial report).

May 16, 2011 - 7:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car has reportedly struck a utility pole in the area of 8 Union St., Batavia.

No injuries are reported.

The pole is down. Unknown hazards.

City fire dispatched.

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May 14, 2011 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A fuel tank reportedly came completely off a car while it was traveling on Byron-Stafford Road near Thwing Road, Stafford.

There is a fuel spill.

Stafford Fire is responding.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m.: A chief reports the tank was full when it came off.  The tank is on the road with a hole in it and it is "leaking like crazy."

UPDATE 3:04 p.m.:  This has been declared a Level 1 hazmat incident. About 20 gallons of gas have leaked. The road will be foamed down. Fire police from South Byron and Stafford requested to the scene to close the roadway.

UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: Fuel leak under control.

UPDATE 3:29 p.m.: Chief releases South Byron fire police, "with our thanks."

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: The road is open.

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May 13, 2011 - 7:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

Two cars have reportedly hit head on in the area of 6758 Alleghany Road, Alabama.

Three people are apparently uninjured and a fourth person has an ankle injury.

Alabama Fire Department is on site. Mercy EMS is responding.

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. (Billie): The scene is clear. A male with an ankle injury was taken to UMMC. All responders back in service.

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May 12, 2011 - 4:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, West Main Street.

One of a series of loose manhole covers on Route 5 through the city damaged a truck driving on West Main Street early this morning.

The driver, Lawrence Tassone, 80, of Batavia was uninjured, but the axel on his truck was broken. 

After the manhole cover hit the truck, the truck drove up a curb near Union Street and the manhole cover flew some distance, according to WBTA's Dan Fischer, who happened upon the accident scene just before 5:30 a.m.

Route 5/Main Street, is the jurisdiction of the state Department of Transportation, but the manhole cover is owned by Verizon.

Lori Maher, spokeswoman for the DOT out of Rochester, said the DOT received a complaint from city officials about loose manhole covers in Batavia and determined these particular manhole covers were owned by Verizon, so Verizon was notifed.

This afternoon, after the manhole cover at Union Street came off again, the DOT sent a traffic safety truck to steer traffic around the loose cover and a crew was on its way to place a steel plate over the cover.

It will be up to Verizon to provide a long-term fix to the problem.

A spokesman for Verizon said a statement about the situation will be forthcoming, but The Batavian has not received it yet.

John Bonomo from Verizon released this statement: "We are aware of the situation and are working with a contractor to remedy the situation."

Maher said that as far as liability for damage to Tassone's truck, that matter has been turned over to an insurance company.

City officials say they contacted the DOT about the situation in January and that the problem isn't just with the manhole cover at Union Street, but that the problem extends with Verizon-owned manhole covers from Vine Street to Union.

The video above shows the wobbly manhole cover at Union.


May 11, 2011 - 1:03pm
posted by Brittany Baker in batavia, accident.

There's a one-car accident at the corner of Oak and Main streets with possible injuries. The vehicle struck a tree.

UPDATE (by Howard) 1:33 p.m.: The driver apparently lost brake power, according to police, and swerved to avoid hitting another car.  The driver was transported by Mercy EMS to UMMC for evaluation, but is not believed to be injured.  City Fire Department responded, as well.

May 7, 2011 - 9:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A car has reportedly struck a small metal can on Route 19 just south of Sackett Road causing a fuel spill.

The can is lodged under the vehicle.

It's believed to be a small spill.

Bergen Fire Department is responding.

A chief reports there is a second incident further down the road involving another can.

UPDATE 9:38 p.m.: The southbound lane is closed.

UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: Traffic being allowed through "real slow."

UPDATE 10:42 p.m.: Bergen's engine returning, but fire police staying on scene until the DOT arrives on scene.

May 5, 2011 - 11:52am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

A car has struck a pole at 2811 Pratt Road, just east of Powers Road. There are no injuries reported. The pole snapped in half. There are electrical and cable wires down.

East Pembroke Fire Department is responding. Law enforcement is on location.

UPDATE 11:54 a.m.: Westbound traffic on Pratt Road is being shut down.

UPDATE 11:58 p.m.: National Grid was contacted. No ETA given.

UPDATE 12:04 p.m.: National Grid expects to be on scene in about 15 minutes.

UPDATE 12:43 p.m.: The roadway is reopened. Responders are back in service.

May 4, 2011 - 3:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Gerald M. Olin Jr., 76, of Perry, who died Tuesday in a trucking accident on Route 19 in Bergen.

Olin's truck left the roadway and overturned just east of Bovee Road shortly before 9 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, as well as several children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Olin was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Perry Center. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 pm. and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, 98 N. Main St. in Perry. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Perry Center.


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