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June 26, 2011 - 5:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, accident, Alabama, Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

A car has reportedly struck a pole in the area of 7444 Reuben Road, Basom, the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

The driver is reportedly unconscious.

Pole and wires are down. Emergency responders advised to use caution upon approach.

UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: Mercy Flight not required. A second ambulance requested to the scene. Two people are injured.

UDPATE 5:14 p.m.: National Grid requested to the scene.

UPDATE 5:26 p.m.: A Mercy medic requests Mercy Flight to the scene. A landing zone is being set up at Ledge and Reuben roads.

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on the ground.

UPDATE 5:48 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne, headed to Erie County Medical Center.

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June 22, 2011 - 9:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A tractor-trailer has reportedly pulled wires down in the area of 9489 Alexander Road, Alexander.

Alexander Fire Department and law enforcement dispatched to the scene.

UPDATE 9:43 a.m.: An assistant chief on scene reports wires in the road (secondary wires to a residence), pole down, traffic backed up "quite a ways." National Grid being notified.

UPDATE 9:53 a.m.: Traffic closed in both directions, but a chief says, "I don't think we're going to be here long. He (rep from National Grid) is going to cut the wires so we can pull them out of the road."

UPDATE 9:59 a.m.: Route 98 being reopened.

UPDATE 10:13 a.m.: Alexander fire back in service.

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June 21, 2011 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

UPDATED 5 p.m.:

A 13-year-old girl was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight this afternoon after she was struck by a car while riding her bike on a sidewalk on West Main Street, Batavia.

The girl, Emily Sherman, is at strong in stable condition. 

Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to Lt. Eugene Jankowski, Batavia PD.

"(Mercy Flight) was more of a precaution, because we don't know," Jankowski said. "In things like this you can always have more serious internal injuries."

Jankowski described the Emily's apparent injuries as cuts and abrasions.

"She was conscious and alert," Jankowski said. "She was complaining, which I think is a good thing."

Emily and a friend -- believed to be students at St. Joe's -- were riding on the sidewalk eastbound when a car attempted to pull from the Denny's parking lot, making a right-hand turn onto Main.

The driver, Erin George, 23, apparently saw the first child go by and thought the coast was clear, but the second child was just coming by and obscured by a door pillar of the sedan.

Jankowski said George stopped as quickly as she could, but did drag the girl under her car into the street.

City of Batavia Fire arrived on scene and used air bags to lift the car and safely extricate Emily.

She was then taken by a Mercy EMS ambulance to a field off River Street on the opposite side of the Tonawanda Creek.

George was obviously distraught following the accident. Jankowski said she would be taken to the police station for a witness statement then helped home.

"I don't think she's in any condition to drive," Jankowski said.

The mother of both girls showed up at the scene as did the principal of St. Joe's and Batavia City Council President Marianne Clattenburg, who teaches at St. Joe's.

Jankowski said parents need to remind their children of bicycle safety during the summer months. Bicycles should not ride on sidewalks, but on the roadway and with the flow of traffic, Jankowski said.

While it's not known whether the girl was wearing a helmet -- none was visible at the scene -- and there's no indication she suffered a head injury, Jankowski emphasized the importance of bicycle helmets.

"It could be an important factor in saving a life," Jankowski said. "I'm a big promoter of helmets. I wear one myself when I ride."

(initial post)


June 21, 2011 - 12:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accident.

A child on a bicycle has been struck by a vehicle in front of Denny's restaurant at 364 W. Main St. in Batavia. The child is still under the vehicle.

Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding. Mercy Flight is being sent in, with a five minute ETA.

UPDATE 12:58 p.m.: Ladder truck 15 out of the city is going to set up a landing zone for the helicopter on River Street, south of Main street by the creek.

UPDATE 1:03 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on the ground.

UPDATE 1:06 p.m.: The victim has been extricated.

June 21, 2011 - 11:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield, alexander.

An ATV rider driving on a trail next to a railroad track in Alexander hit a ditch and was thrown from his vehicle on Saturday afternoon.

Injured in the accident was Matthew S. Streiff, 38, of 39 Drake St., Oakfield.

Streiff was riding on the former Erie Lackawana Railroad bed, which runs parallel of Genesee Street, off Stroh Road, Alexander.

When his ATV hit the ditch, he was ejected, according to Deputy Frank Bordonaro, who investigated the accident, which happened at about 4 o'clock.

A friend transported Streiff to UMMC and Streiff was then transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Streiff, who suffered a head injury, is listed in satisfactory condition at Strong.

June 20, 2011 - 12:56am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

A motor-vehicle accident, with unknown injuries, is reported at 871 Gabbey Road in Pembroke. The vehicle is on its roof.

The location is "by the bend" at Wyman and Marble roads.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 1:20 a.m.: The driver and a passenger said to be his girlfriend are not in the vehicle. State Troopers went to a house not far away on Route 5, where it was thought they might be, but they weren't there. Now troopers are going to a house on South Lake Road. At least one of the vehicle's occupants is believed to be injured. Firefighters are proceeding to stage in the area of South Lake and Gabbey roads, not far from the accident scene. Mercy medics are continuing non-emergency mode. A hook tow truck is en route to the vehicle, a red Corvette.

UPDATE 1:40 a.m.: Law enforcement tells dispatch that the two parties involved purportedly suffered only cuts and bruises and that they they were taken by a third party to their respective residences. Next, the pair was thought to be indeed at the South Lake Road residence -- based on what a responder reportedly saw -- despite what the homeowner contended. This sparked comments on the scanner about "honesty issues." Now, the Corvette's occupants are thought to be, or are returning to, the home on Route 5. Pembroke and Indian Falls are put back in service, along with Mercy medics. A fire hyrdrant was sheared off as a result of the accident, but is not spouting water. The water authority has been notified.

June 19, 2011 - 7:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

A driver involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident late Saturday afternoon died as a result of his injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Lavern L. Williams, 57, of Black Street Road, Pavilion, was transported to UMMC by ground ambulance following the 6:23 p.m. accident where he was pronounced dead.

Williams was driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Linwood Road when his vehicle went off the west side of the road, striking a utility pole then a pile of brush, which caused the Jeep to overturn. The Cherokee came to rest on its wheels. 

Pavilion and Le Roy fire departments were called to the scene and Williams was extricated from the vehicle. 

Mercy Flight was called to the scene, but Mercy EMS transported Williams to UMMC.

The accident is being investigated by Deputy Chad Mower, Sgt. Greg Walker and Deputy Eric Seppala of the Crash Management Team.

(initial report)

June 18, 2011 - 6:45pm
posted by Alecia Kaus in accident, Pavilion.

In Pavilion, a serious car accident at 9673 Linwood Road with entrapment has been reported. The car has hit a pole and there are wires down. One person in the back seat is unconscious and has serious injury. 

Mercy Flight 6 out of Buffalo is on the way to the scene along with Mercy Medic 2, and Pavilion Fire Department. Extrication is needed. Mercy Flight has a 14-minute ETA. Le Roy fire assisting with landing zone.

Update: Person has been extricated and Mercy Flight has a 7-minute ETA. National Grid called to the scene. No ETA given.

Update: National Grid to the scene in 25 minutes.

June 18, 2011 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

Five people were injured early this morning when one car allegedly failed to yield to another at the intersection of routes 33 and 237 in Stafford.

All five people were taken to area hospitals.

Accused of failing to yield is Joseph Robert Hale, 30, of Marr Drive, Pittsford.

Hale was reportedly southbound on Route 237. When he reached the intersection, according ot the investigation, he stopped and then proceeded to attempt a left turn onto Route 33.

Hale's 2009 Volkswagen sedan was struck by a 2004 Jeep SUV driven by Jonathan B. Smith, 50, of Porter Avenue, Batavia.

Smith's Jeep overturned.

Hale, who was transported to UMMC, had no passengers.

In Smith's vehicle were Selena M. Smith, 51, Kala Smith, 14. (Note, the fourth passenger is also listed as Selena M. Smith, 51; we'll need to seek clarification on this from the Sheriff's Office).

The Smiths were all taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

None of the injuries are reported as life threatening.

Smith was cited for allegedly driving without a license.

The accident was investigated by Deputy James Diehl.

June 18, 2011 - 2:52am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.

A two-car accident is reported at routes 33 and 237.

Stafford Fire Department and Mercy EMS dispatched. A third ambulance is requested from Byron since no additional Mercy rigs are available. A fourth ambulance is requested from Bethany.

Traffic control is requested at the west and east ends of the intersection. One lane will be closed and two-way traffic directed by traffic police.

No Mercy Flight helicopters are available. Buffalo is grounded due to weather.

Two people were entrapped, but are now out.

June 14, 2011 - 7:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, elba, Oakfield, fire, byron, Orleans County.

Genesee County volunteer firefighters were called to the scene early this morning of a tanker truck fire that claimed the life of the truck's driver in Barre, Orleans County.

The tanker was carrying ethanol and the fire reportedly spread quickly into the wooded area around the accident.

To fight an ethanol fire, fire fighters must use foam, so Genesee County units that have foam cabability were called to the scene.

Units responded from Town of Batavia, Elba, Byron and Oakfield, along with Genesee County Emergency Services Unit and the county's hazmat team.

The fire is now out and clean up work along is in progress.  

One Elba tanker along with the hazmat team and ESU remains on scene at this time. Emergency Coordinator Tim Yaeger said the remaining Genesee County personnel wlll be on scene yet for quite some time.

June 14, 2011 - 6:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron.

Byron resident Amber D. Thorman, 23, died early this morning at Strong Memorial Hospital, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Thorman was injured in a rollover accident at 4:05 p.m., Monday, on Freeman Road in Byron.

June 13, 2011 - 11:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, byron.

A 23-year-old Byron resident is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital after being involved in a rollover accident on Freeman Road at 4:05 p.m.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident, the Sheriff's Office reports.

Injured was Amber D. Thorman, who had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was airlifted to Strong by Mercy Flight.

Her 1999 Chevy Tahoe was eastbound on Freeman when the SUV went off the north shoulder and struck a tree. The Tahoe then struck the guide wire of a utility pole, causing the vehicle to over turn three times before coming to rest on its roof.

Thorman was wearing a seat belt. 

Byron and South Byron fire departments responded to the scene and handled the extrication. Mercy EMS also assisted at the scene. 

The accident investigation is being handled by Deputy Joseph Graff, Sgt. Greg Walker and Investigator Kristopher Kautz.

(initial report)

June 11, 2011 - 3:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

Fatigue is the apparent cause of an accident in the Village of Corfu overnight when a driver reportedly fell asleep and struck a utility pole in the area of 37 Main St.

Randel J. Seweryniak, of 9635 Colby Road, Corfu, suffered a minor injury in the accident and was transported to UMMC.

Seweryniak was driving a 2001 Dodge pickup truck when the truck struck a National Grid pole at 12:04 a.m.

Two mailboxes were also damaged.

No citations were issued.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Brian Frieday.

(initial report)

June 11, 2011 - 3:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford, Sweetland Road.

A driver involved in a one-car accident on Sweetland Road, Stafford has been charged with DWI.

Ricky O. Cooper, Jr., 34, of 9344 Warsaw Road, Le Roy, suffered facial cuts and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital after his 1992 Chevy pickup truck struck a utility pole in the area 6208 Sweetland Road.

Cooper said he was attempting to avoid a deer that had entered the road near a curve when he struck the pole.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Joseph Graff and Deputy Matt Butler.

(initials report)

June 10, 2011 - 10:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.

A vehicle has struck a pole in front of 6184 Sweetland Road. There are believed to be injuries. The location is just east of Transit Road.

Stafford Fire Department and Mercy medics responding.

The pole snapped in two, the transformer is in the roadway. The driver may have left the scene and is bleeding from the face.

UPDATE 10:41 p.m.: The driver is still at the scene and is bleeding from the face. A Sheriff's deputy on scene says there are wires down all over the place.

UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: Additional manpower from Stafford is needed for traffic control at the accident scene. "This road will be closed for awhile." The pole is on top of a truck.

UPDATE 12:31 a.m.: Stafford units are back in service. The road is blocked off and National Grid will be on scene for awhile.

UPDATE 12:54 a.m.: The driver was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital at least a couple of hours ago.

June 9, 2011 - 10:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A young woman from Varysburg was struck by a car on Sumner Road early this morning and taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC, according to the Sheriff's Office.

According to a press release, 18-year-old Iesha Vetter is in stable condition at the hospital.

Vetter was on foot when she was hit by a car driven by Mitchell J. Irish, 29, of Rochester.

Irish was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.

Vetter reportedly suffered internal injuries.

A cause of the accident has not been determined and it remains under investigation. 

The investigation is being conducted by Deputy Kevin McCarthy, Deputy Frank Bordonaro, Sgt. Greg Walker and Sgt. Brian Frieday. Assisting at the scene were the NY State Police, Darien Fire Department and Mercy EMS.

June 8, 2011 - 9:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A 12-year-old Bergen girl who apparently rode her bike into traffic Tuesday night suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jaclyn J. Stone, of South Lake Street, Bergen, was riding her bike at about 8:30 p.m. when she rode onto South Lake just as a car was coming.

The driver of the car, Cai Xiang Huang, was unable to stop in time.

No citations were issued.

The Sheriff's Office report indicates Stone was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, but patient information at Strong doesn't show Stone being a patient at the hospital.

The Sheriff's Office report indicates Stone had a hip injury and was in shock following the accident.

Neither Huang or either passenger in his car were injured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Timothy Wescott.

June 3, 2011 - 9:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy, Pavilion, covington.

Pavilion and Le Roy fire departments are responding to a serious injury accident on Old State Road in Covington.

Covington is part of the Pavilion Fire District.

There are two victims, and adult and a child. At least one victim was entrapped.

One Mercy Flight helicopter is in route.

June 3, 2011 - 8:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.

There is an accident reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 404 with a possible ejection and possible car fire.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched.

Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 8:21 a.m.: Dispatch sorting out reports. Multiple calls. It's possible it was a car fire with a female occupant jumping out of the car. There is at least one report that she is walking and conscious and alert. Mercy Flight on ground stand by.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m.: There is a car fire and a person with a leg injury, according to dispatch. First responder, while driving up, noticed no smoke or fire. One person is sitting, talking to people.

UPDATE 8:31 a.m.: Woman jumped out of vehicle while smoke was coming from it and suffered a leg injury. Mercy Flight cancelled.


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