Online News. Community Views.

>> Download <<
The Batavian Mobile
Droid | iPhone

Recent comments

Site Sponsors


October 22, 2010 - 6:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car accident with injuries has been reported at Main and Court streets, downtown Batavia.

City Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

6:24 a.m.: Two flatbeds requested to the scene to move the vehicles. No word on how serious the injuries are.

6:50 a.m.: Accident scene is clear.

View Larger Map

October 21, 2010 - 4:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

An 18-year-old driver was shaken up and taken to the hospital Wednesday after losing control of her car on R. Stephen Hawley Drive and having it overturn.

Alexandra N. Vanburen, of Batavia, was transported by ground ambulance to UMMC.

No other people where in Vanburen's car and no other vehicles were involved.

The reason is not contained in the Sheriff's Office report, but Vanburen's 1999 Saturn traveled off the roadway and onto the gravel shoulder. She reportedly over corrected and lost control of the car. The car traveled off the north shoulder, hit an embankment and landed on its roof.

No citations were issues.

Deputy Chad Minuto handled the investigation.

(initial report)

October 20, 2010 - 12:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

The driver is out of the car and reportedly only shaken up following a reported roll over accident on College Drive near Bank Street Road.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

October 20, 2010 - 10:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield.

A teenage girl suffered minor injuries in a one-car accident on Maltby Road last night.

Natalie N. Buczek, 14, a passenger in a car driven by a 19-year-old Oakfield resident, was taken to UMMC for treatment of minor facial cuts and bleeding.

The driver, Raymond J. Litteer Jr., of 28 S. Main St., Oakfield, received a citation for allegedly speeding.

Neither Litteer nor another passenger, Justin D. Smith, 15, were injured in the crash.

According to investigator Deputy Chad Minuto, Litteer was driving too fast, heading east, on Maltby Road at 8:28 p.m. The driver reported hitting a dip and then losing control of a 2000 Chevy sedan owned by Danielle Buczek, of 26 S. Main St., Oakfield. 

The car hit an embankment and then a utility pole, which was damaged.

October 14, 2010 - 6:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield, Albion Road.


There was an accident on Albion Road, Oakfield, at about 3 p.m. today. One person was taken by Mercy EMS to UMMC. 

We missed the initial scanner call and no police report has been issued yet, so no further information is available at this time.

Reader submitted photo.

October 14, 2010 - 3:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.


A tractor-trailer has reportedly snagged a power line or otherwise hit a utility pole causing it to shear off in the area of 4050 South Main Road, Batavia.

The wires are still up and the pole remains upright.

Town of Batavia Fire is responding. National Grid has been notified.

UPDATE 5:56 p.m.: The scene was cleared some time ago. As for the picture above, it's a bit hard to see, but in the center foreground is a bit of a wire sticking up. It's attached to the base of the utility pole, barely visible. The rest of the utility pole is clear to the left of the picture. It's a very old, very short utility pole. The driver, making his first delivery to Batavia, thought he was on West Main Street Road, not South Main Road. He was making a turn into what he thought was a local business to deliver a supply of camper shells. There's a barn on the property. The cable and phone wires were lower than he thought. No citations were issued.

View Larger Map

October 12, 2010 - 9:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba, Route 98, Daws Corner, Batavia-Elba Townline Road.


Three people were injured in a four-car accident at Daws Corners -- Route 98 and Batavia-Elba Townline Road -- this afternoon.

A westbound car reportedly pulled out from Batavia-Elba Townline Road and was struck by a car traveling southbound on Route 98. Each of those cars then hit two others at the intersection.

Joseph N. Mattison, 20, of Merriman Road, Byron, was cited for alleged failure to yield. Mattison, who was driving a 1994 Chevy sedan, was among the three people injured and transported to UMMC by ambulance.

Also injured were Bob K. Rathman, 39, of Heritage Estates, Albion, and Chrystal Bush, 17, who was a passenger in a car driven by Suanne Quackenbush, 49, of Gillett Road, Byron.

Quackenbush was not injured.

The fourth vehicle was driven by Benny S. Giambrone, 84, of Farnsworth Road, Oakfield.

The accident was investigated by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.

(Initial Report)


October 12, 2010 - 7:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.


A one-car rollover accident with entrapment has been reported on Bank Street Road just south of the five corners.

Mercy Flight is on standby.

Town of Batavia and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:06 a.m.: The driver, a GCC student, suffered only minor injuries if she was injured at all. After being freed from the wreckage, the young lady walked away from the accident. She was transported to UMMC by ground ambulance as a precaution. The preliminary cause is believed to be speed too fast for conditions. The road was wet and the driver, driving south, apparently lost control.

October 10, 2010 - 11:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, thruway.

A car accident has been reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 385 in the westbound lane.

There is air bag deployment.

No reports on injuries yet.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:27 p.m: A vehicle is blocking a lane. No word yet on injuries.

UPDATE 11:36 p.m.:  No definitive word on injuries, but this is not sounding serious.

October 9, 2010 - 8:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident.

A car has hit a guardrail on Route 262 just east of Elba.

There are possible injuries.

Elba Fire and Mercy EMS being dispatched.

UPDATE 8:27 p.m.: Accident is located west of the village line toward Weatherwax Road.

October 6, 2010 - 12:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

A driver involved in an early-morning, single-car rollover accident on Route 33 in Pembroke was taken to ECMC and may face charges related to the accident.

Igor Tancevski, 26, of 101 Christina Drive, North Chili, was reportedly traveling west on Route 33 when his car went off the road in the area of 1505 Route 33 hitting a mailbox  and a post.

The 2008 Toyota sedan rolled over and came to rest on its passenger side.

No other vehicles were involved in the 4:07 a.m. accident, which is being investigated by Deputy Eric Seppela.

The nature of any possible pending charges were not disclosed.

October 6, 2010 - 11:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

One person was transported to UMMC yesterday following a three-car pile up on Route 5 in Corfu. A big rig truck driver towing a trailer reportedly failed to stop in time for cars that had slowed to allow another vehicle to make a left-hand turn into the Kutter's Cheese parking lot.

Elias P. Seward, 21, of 7812 Gorton Road, Basom, was cited for allegedly speeding. Seward reportedly told investigator Deputy Chad Minuto that he was unable to stop his truck in time.

The truck, owned by Zahm & Matson, Inc., of Falconer, slammed into a car driven by Joseph Kester, 34, of Warsaw, whose 2006 Kia then hit a car driven by Melody J. Zuppa, 48, of Amherst.

Zuppa, who was cited for allegedly not wearing a seat belt, was injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The accident occurred at 3:57 p.m. in the area of 857 Main Road.

(Initial Report)

October 5, 2010 - 4:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.


A car has reportedly sheared off a fire hydrant at Putnam Road and E Road, Town of Batavia.

No water leak reported at this time.

UPDATE: Reader submitted photo.

View Larger Map

October 5, 2010 - 4:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke.

A three-car accident with injuries has been reported in front of Kutter's Cheese, 857 Main Road, Corfu.

Mercy EMS and Pembroke Fire and Indian Falls Fire are being dispatched.

UPDATE 4:16 p.m.: One injury reported. Extrication required.

View Larger Map

October 1, 2010 - 4:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama, Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

A motorcycle accident with injuries is reported at the intersection of Council House Road and Meadville Road.

Alabama Fire and Mercy EMS being dispatched.

UPDATE 4:38 p.m.: Apparently there's been only one call about the accident. It doesn't appear any other vehicles are involved. The rider is reportedly still on the ground.

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: Victim is conscious and breathing, but some heavy bleeding. Mercy Flight requested to the scene.

UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: Mercy Flight on its way, about a seven minute ETA.

UPDATE 5:04 p.m.: Mercy Flight is at the scene.

UPDATE: Several minutes ago, Mercy Flight left the scene and all Alabama units are back in service.

September 30, 2010 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center last night after a rear tire came off her Ford Explorer causing the vehicle to flip while she was heading westbound on the Thruway.

The SUV's front wheel then got caught in the rumble strip on the shoulder, shearing it off and causing the car to rollover again.

The 54-year-old woman's Explorer came to rest on its wheels and Batavia Fire needed to extricate her before she was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

The woman was identified by Trooper Dan Golinski as Kathy Weich, of Sprakers.

The accident occurred at 9:41 p.m. at mile marker 389.3, which is between the Thruway entrance and the Bank Street Road bridge.

Weich is listed in stable condition at ECMC.

September 29, 2010 - 9:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A car has reportedly rolled over multiple times on the Thruway east of Route 98 and west of the Bank Street Road Bridge.

A woman is reportedly injured, but no report on how seriously.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 9:44 p.m.: The accident is in the westbound lane at mile marker 389.3.

UPDATE 9:46 p.m.: Extrication is required. Mercy Flight is being dispatched.

UPDATE 9:56 p.m: Mercy Flight leaving Genesee County Airport. ETA one minute.

UPDATE 9:59 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

UPDATE: 10:10 p.m.: Patient in route to Strong via Mercy Flight.

September 29, 2010 - 12:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, elba, Daws Corners.

A two-car accident with injuries, blocking traffic, has been reported at Route 98 and Batavia-Elba Townline Road.

Mercy EMS and Town of Batavia Fire are responding.

The injuries do not sound serious at this time.

View Larger Map


September 22, 2010 - 5:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Daws Corners.

A three-car accident with injuries has been reported at Daws Corners.

UPDATE 6 p.m.: Northbound traffic at Saile Drive is being closed.

UPDATE 6:32 p.m.: The Elba fire chief has told fire police to reopen the road.

September 22, 2010 - 5:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Stafford.

A two-car accident, that is not blocking, has been reported in the area of 6177 Main Road, Stafford.

Stafford Fire and Mercy EMS are responding.

View Larger Map




Copyright © 2008-2014 The Batavian. Some Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.
Contact: Howard Owens, publisher (howard (at) the batavian dot com); (585) 250-4118

blue button