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August 16, 2011 - 2:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

Two people suffered minor injuries Friday when a car they were in traveled off Lewiston Road and overturned.

Susan M. Geiger, 39, of Ridge Road, Medina, reportedly lost control of the car after she had driven onto the north shoulder of Lewiston and attempted to get back on the highway.

The investigation report prepared by Sgt. Greg Walker indicates the roadway was recently resurfaced with a stone and oil base.

The accident occurred at 6:07 p.m. in the area of 1768 Lewiston Road, Alabama.

Geiger and her passenger, Stephanie M. Persons, 21, had complaints of pain but were not transported to a hospital.

August 13, 2011 - 1:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

One of Batavia High's standout students was among a group of heroes Friday who came to the rescue of a teenage girl who hit her head on a rock when she fell several feet from a cliff at Indian Falls.

The girl, Kourtney McCorry, 17, of Spencerport, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight, but was conscious and alert after being pulled from the water.

Deputy Timothy Wescott said he was able to interview McCorry at the scene before she was transported and she was aware of her surroundings, recognized her father and understood what was happening.

She remembered, according to Wescott, climbing up the cliff of the falls with the help of her boyfriend. She grabbed the branch of a tree and the branch gave way. She fell and remembers seeing rocks below her and then she blacked out.

"She said she didn't know if she blacked out because she hit the rocks or out of fear of what might happen to her," Wescott said.

Evan Sutherland, a Batavia High School basketball player and member of the championship mock trial team, was at the falls with his friend, Andrew Hoy, a recent graduate of BHS and the Blue Devil's all-time leading scorer in basketball.  

Sutherland (left inset photo from one of his mock trial appearances this year) was the first to dive in the water to try and rescue the girl, Hoy said.

"I had just walked up and I got to like the edge of the cliff and saw her falling and she landed head first on the rocks," Hoy said. "It looked like her neck snapped. Then she went under for a few seconds and we couldn’t find her. We were still standing at the top and then she floated to the top of the water and my friend Evan Sutherland was the first one to react and he jumped into the water and there was another one of her friends over from where she fell from and he jumped in, too. They both dragged her out."

Hoy said the girl regained consciousness while she was still in the water, and Westcott said McCorry remembered coming to in the water surrounded by people.

The Batavian tried to interview Sutherland at the scene, but one of the Log Cabin's unruly patrons interfered with the interview and told him not to talk to the media.

Attempts to contact Sutherland Friday night were unsuccessful.

The legendary Log Cabin Restaurant, which includes a bar, is next to the falls and while the rescue was under way, the owner sent a representative to talk to journalists at the scene from The Batavian and the Daily News with a request that media outlets not report that the kids who swim and dive at the falls might enter the falls from the Log Cabin's property.

It's unknown how McCorry, Hoy and Sutherland, among the other youths enjoying the falls Friday, entered the area. 

The section of the Tonawanda Creek in the area of Indian Falls is owned by Genesee County and people can enter the area from near Route 77 without trespassing on private property. 

The volunteer fire departments of Indian Falls and Pembroke were the first emergency responders on scene.

Indian Falls and Pembroke volunteers set up a rope line across the creek and walked through the water to the north bank.

The Genesee County Rope Team -- made up of more than 20 volunteers from all of the county's volunteer fire departments -- responded to the scene along with Genesee County Emergency Services.

The team found a clearing in the brush along the creek's cliff on the north side and lowered a stretcher down to McCorry's location. Medical personnel were then lowered down.

It took more than 90 minutes to stabilize McCorry and slowly lift her to the top of the cliff.

Indian Falls Fire Chief Ed Mileham (bottom right inset) explained that it's a slow process to ensure both the safety of the victim and the rope crews.

"When you look at the fact that she's down 70 feet, the safest way up is up the bank," Mileham said. "We had 20 guys here from the (rope) team, they got down there, two of them set up harnesses and then they go down the bank -- yeah, by the time they get set up and everything, there's a little bit of time, but she appeared to be stable, so the guys were able to take their time and make sure they were safe before they got down in there."

Friday's mishap wasn't the first time this summer that Indian Falls and Pembroke responded to a near drowning at the falls.  

On June 5, another person looking for some recreation on the falls fell in and had to be rescued.

"It’s pretty dangerous," Mileham said. "If they don’t get far enough from the falls, they hit the rocks."

However, only two calls this summer is a far cry from how things used to be, Mileham noted.

"There’s been a problem down here for years," Mileham said. "Back in the '60s and '70s it used to be quite a place for kids to party and swim. I’ve been told that at one point there were 10 to 12 drownings here in one year from diving off the falls."

The Alabama and Oakfield fire departments also assisted at the scene.

August 13, 2011 - 12:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander.

There is a one-car rollover accident reported at Sandhill and Shanks roads, Alexander.

There are injuries, but all victims are out of the car.

Alexander Fire Department is responding.

August 12, 2011 - 6:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Alabama.

A one-car rollover accident is reported at 1768 Lewiston Road in Alabama. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. Unknown injuries.

UPDATE 6:13 p.m.: The occupants are out of the car. There are no injuries.

August 12, 2011 - 5:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, indian.

A person is trapped in a ravine in Indian Falls, and it is unknown whether the person fell in or hiked in. The Genesee County Heavy Rope Team is on scene along with members of county emergency services, and Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments. Mercy Flight has been dispatched.

The staging area is in the vicinity of the Log Cabin Restaurant.

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.: Andrew Hoy said he and his friend, Evan Sutherland, were at the falls when he saw a girl fall from a cliff head first, landing on the rocks. Her body slipped into the water and she appeared to be unconscious. Sutherland and another bystander jumped in the water and pull her to shore. She revived while she was still in the water. She's being boarded and collared and tended to.

UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: The victim's name is Kourtney McCorry, a 17-year-old resident of Spencerport. She was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital complaining of pain in her left shoulder, right ankle, right wrist and head. She was fully alert and able to be interviewed by Sheriff's Deputy Tim Wescott before leaving on Mercy Flight. She told him she and her boyfriend were climbing up a steep, rocky incline by the falls. He was helping her, but when she grabbed a branch, the branch gave way, causing her to fall. In addition to Evan Sutherland and the other bystander who pulled her from the water, a cook from the Log Cabin crossed the creek with towels and gave her first aid until EMTs arrived. The name of the cook was not released. At least one other person may have helped prior to emergency responders arriving.

August 12, 2011 - 3:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, corfu.

A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported in the area of 788 Genesee St. in Corfu. There are four people involved, one is an infant, all are conscious and alert. One person is entrapped, another is complaining of back pain. Corfu Fire Department is responding along with Mercy EMS. An ambulance from Darien is also responding, mutual aid.

August 12, 2011 - 9:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

A person is trapped in a car following a rollover accident at Colby and Sumner roads, Darien.

The victim is conscious, but there is a smell of gasoline leaking.

Darien Fire Department is dispatched with mutual aid from Corfu.

UPDATE 9:46 a.m.: Everybody is out of both vehicles. Two flatbed tows requested. One car is "in pieces." Another is on its roof. Something will be needed to transport a gas tank that was ripped from one vehicle. Mercy Flight, Mercy EMS canceled. Corfu back in service.

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August 11, 2011 - 3:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

A three-car accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at exit 48A. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are dispatched.

UPDATE 3:01 p.m.: There are two trucks into a guardrail. No injuries. All units back in service.

August 9, 2011 - 1:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

Lt. Eugene Jankowski, left, was pretty amazed to find his police vehicle suffered no apparent damage after being struck at the intersection of Main and Center streets shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Officer Eric Dibble is handling the report on the accident.

The other vehicle suffered only a tweaked license plate. The other driver reportedly ran a red light.

August 9, 2011 - 12:33am
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, accident, alexander.

A motor-vehicle accident, unknown injuries, is reported on Attica Road at the railroad underpass. Alexander Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 12:35 a.m.: The roadway is reportedly blocked.

UPDATE 12:37 a.m.: There is said to be one patient just north of the accident scene.

August 7, 2011 - 2:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke.

A 19-year-old man is suffering from steam burns to his face and difficulty breathing following an accident involving an overheated vehicle on the Thruway. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding to mile marker 394. 9 in the eastbound lane. Radiator fluid burned him.

UPDATE 2:51 p.m.: Responders are advised that traffic is still backed up on the Thruway due to the camper rollover accident about an hour ago. The chief tells them to get on the south shoulder and "run the shoulder" to get to the burn victim.

UPDATE 3:11 p.m.: The patient is being transported to Erie County Medical Center.

August 7, 2011 - 1:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, accident.

An RV rollover accident is reported in the eastbound lanes of the Thruway at mile marker 392.5. Unknown injuries. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS are responding.

UPDATE 155 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on ground standby.

UPDATE 1:57 p.m.: There are six five patients and another Mercy unit is called to respond in high emergency mode. Mercy Flight is cancelled. A propane tank has been pulled off the camper by a bystander as a safety precaution. The accident site is on the shoulder of the roadway. Traffic police are requested.

UPDATE 2:03 p.m.: A third Mercy rig is responding.

UPDATE 2:07 p.m.: There are three children and two adults, all with minor injuries, who will be transported to the hospital for evaluation.

August 6, 2011 - 10:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien.

The quick action of residents on Broadway Road in Darien today may have helped keep a serious accident from turning tragic.

After a 23-year-old mother from Cheektowaga lost control of her car on Route 20, having it turn over multiple times before coming to rest on the front lawn of Debbie Pugilese, residents rushed to the aid of the victims.

One witness, who was driving east on Route 20, called 9-1-1 and then called his wife, Emily Toal, a registered nurse.  

Toal reached the scene before EMS personnel arrived.

"I'm an RN so I figured if I could help at all, I should," Toal said. "When I got here, I found a 6-year-old, faint pulses, faint breath sounds, and there was a 12-week-old on the ground and the mother was sitting with the 12-week-old. The mother was in shock. We got towels and tried to keep everybody warm before the shock set in. We tried to keep the 6-year-old's head stable until the EMTs got here."

Deputy Patrick Reeves was impressed by the response of the residents. He described several coming to the scene.

"The residents in the area and the witnesses helped us out tremendously until EMS arrived," Reeves said.

Steve Kidder, who lives next door to Pugilese, and like Pugilese saw the accident, said everybody pitched in to do what they could to help.

"I’m glad to have all these folks as my neighbors," Kidder said.

Both Kidder and Pugilese said they saw the silver Chevy Malibu heading west on Route 20 when the car, for an unknown reason, crossed into the eastbound lane, struck a guardrail and became airborne. The car then hit a ditch and became airborne again and rolled over. It flew over Pugilese's driveway, hit the ground and rolled again, coming to rest on the driver's side.

The 6-year-old girl was ejected.

"When I came down the woman was crawling from the car with an infant," Pugilese said.

State Police said the driver was Jelissa Jones. The names have the children have not been released.

The driver and the infant reportedly suffered cuts and abrasions.  

The condition of the 6-year-old is not currently available. The child was transported to Women's and Children's Hospital in Buffalo by Mercy Flight.

Responding to the scene along with the Sheriff's Office and State Police were Darien fire volunteers and Mercy EMS.

(Initial Report)

August 6, 2011 - 4:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car has reportedly hit a structure, knowns as building #3, at 18 Genesee St., Le Roy.

Le Roy Fire and Ambulance Service dispatched.

UPDATE 4:02 p.m.: There is apparent structural damage to the building. The code enforcement officer requested to the scene. Responding units can come in non-emergency.

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August 5, 2011 - 11:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

Pavilion Fire Department is being dispatched to the area of 1168 Taylor Road, Town of Covington, for a one-car MVA with injuries.

State Police are on scene. Mercy EMS also dispatched.

UPDATE 11:29 p.m.: Minor injuries.

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August 3, 2011 - 2:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, accident, alexander, Darien.

A 21-year-old driver involved in a serious injury motor-vehicle accident on Pike Road, Alexander, is being accused of driving drunk and faces a felony charge of vehicular assault, 2nd.

Wyatt J. Becker, 21, of Sumner Road, Darien, was driving a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville when he allegedly lost control of the car and struck a tree. The incident happened at 12:26 a.m., July 30.

His passenger, Luke M. Taracki, 20, of Rusher Road, Alden, needed to be extricated from the vehicle and taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC with serious injuries.

Becker is also charged with DWI, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to keep right and refusal to take a breath test.

August 1, 2011 - 10:07am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

An accident in the area of 7495 Maple Road is believed to have resulted in minor injuries.

OnStar reports impact was in the side of the car at 33 mph. There was air-bag deployment.

Alabama Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 10:12 a.m.: A second ambulance requested to the scene.

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July 30, 2011 - 4:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A tractor-trailer has reportedly taken down a pole and wires at the Batavia Mobile Home Park, 3322 W. Main Street Road.

The wires are reportedly on the trailer.

It's unclear if any wires or portion of the pole is on West Main Street Road.

East Pembroke Fire Department is dispatched.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: Live wires reported on the truck.

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July 30, 2011 - 12:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, alexander.

One person is trapped in a car and a passenger is believed to be unconscious following a motor-vehicle accident on Pike Road, Alexander.

The location is in the area of 2900 Pike Road.

Alexander Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

First law enforcement officer on scene advises, "step it up."

UPDATE 12:34 a.m.: Mercy Flight being started to the scene. Alexander Engine 6 requested to scene for extrication tools. Engine 7 requested to start up a landing zone.

UPDATE 12:40 a.m.: East Pembroke Fire requested to the scene to assist with extrication.

UPDATE 12:48 a.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 12:56 a.m.: Another ambulance requested to the scene.

UPDATE 1:04 a.m.: Eastbound traffic is being shut down on Pike Road.

UPDATE: According to a Sheriff's Office news release, the driver was Eric Wyatt J. Becker, 21, of Sumner Road, Darien. He was transported by ground ambulance with minor injuries to ECMC. The passenger was Luke M. Taracki, 20, of Rusher Road, Alden. He was extricated from the vehicle and taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC with serious injuries. It's not known what caused Becker's 1998 Pontiac Bonneville to leave the roadway and strike a tree. Speed and alcohol are considered factors. The accident is being investigated by Deputy John Weis, Deputy Kevin McCarthy, Deputy Chad Minuto, Sgt. Greg Walker, Sgt. Steve Mullen and Deputy Eric Seppala.

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July 29, 2011 - 9:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident.

A car-into-pole accident with injuries is reported on Route 19 in Bergen, between Peachy Road and the county line. An infant is involved. The pole is sheared in two and the car is holding it up.


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