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October 31, 2016 - 5:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, alexander, news.

Photos submitted by Glenn Adams.

There was a two-vehicle accident at 10198 W. Bethany Road this afternoon. Alexander Fire Department was called to the scene, with the Bethany Fire Department assisting. The two drivers were transported by ambulance to an area hospital(s).

UPDATE 10:06 p.m. (by Howard): John Brown, owner of Select Collision, wrote to us this evening. It was his son Brandon in the vehicle in the top photo. Brandon is at Strong with no major injuries. John said Brandon crested the hill and there was a vehicle coming at him on the center line. He swerved to avoid the vehicle and lost control, crossing into the truck's lane. His car was split into two. In John's words, "He walked away."

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 1 (by Howard): The accident was reported at 2:34 p.m. in the area of 10198 W. Bethany Road, Alexander. Brandon J. Brown, 17, of Conway Road, East Bethany, was driving a 2008 Subaru Legacy northbound on West Bethany Road and traveled over the center of the roadway, according to the Sheriff's Office, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. That vehicle was driven by Joseph L. Graham, 49, of Werner Road, Attica, in a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Both drivers were able to exit their vehicles. Brown was transported by Alexander ambulance to ECMC with head and arm injuries. Graham was transported to Strong by Mercy EMS with neck and hip injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Assisting were the Town of Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, Town of Alexander fire and Mercy EMS.  The accident is being investigated by Deputy Chris Parker and Deputy Lonnie Nati and Investigator James Diehl.

October 29, 2016 - 7:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, batavia.

A pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle on North Bennett Heights Road, Town of Batavia. That's off State Street Road.

The patient is conscious and talking, according to the caller.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 7:51 a.m.: Town of Batavia fire back in service.

October 25, 2016 - 9:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Darien, news.

A motorcycle has reportedly struck a deer in the area of 2178 Broadway Road, Darien.

That's just west of Smithley Road.

The rider is reportedly conscious and alert.

Darien fire and Darien ambulance responding.

October 23, 2016 - 5:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba, news.

A car in the area of 5117 N. Byron Road, Elba, has rolled over after reportedly striking a deer, but the caller reports no injuries.

Elba fire dispatched, and as a precaution, Mercy EMS dispatched.

October 22, 2016 - 8:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Oakfield, news.

A caller reports a vehicle on its roof in the area of 6042 Fisher Road, Oakfield.

Unknown if any injuries.

Oakfield fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 8:58 a.m.: Mercy Flight #7 is on a ground standby.

UPDATE 9:01 a.m.: Patient out of the vehicle.

UPDATE 9:05 a.m.: Cancel Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 9:21 a.m.: The road can reopen.

October 18, 2016 - 12:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, batavia.

A caller reports being hit by a car on Swan Street, Batavia, with the vehicle fleeing the scene.

The caller says it was a red or maroon Jeep.

The caller went home to his residence on Jackson Street before calling dispatchers. He denied the need for EMS, but an ambulance is being sent to that address as a precaution to check on head, arm and knee injuries.

October 17, 2016 - 11:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy, bergen, news.

A driver reportedly swerved and try and avoid a deer on the Thruway near mile marker 378, according to State Police, but struck the deer, causing the car carrying five people to careen across the media into the eastbound lane of traffic where it was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Three people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight and two were transported by ground ambulance. 

"All of the injuries were non-life-threatening, as far as we know," said a spokesman for Troop T Zone 4. 

He said the names were not being released. He doesn't know if family notifications have taken place or where the victims lived.

Two of the victims were ejected from the vehicle. 

Responding to the scene were Le Roy Fire, Le Roy Ambulance, three Mercy EMS ambulances and three Mercy Flight helicopters.

Concurrent with the Thruway accident was one on the I-490 in Bergen. We've requested information on that accident from Troop E.

Bergen Fire and Churchville Fire responded to that accident. There was a reported vehicle fire. Bergen's ambulance and Byron's ambulance responded, as well, along with Chili's ambulance.

Photo: of Thruway accident, submitted by a reader.

October 16, 2016 - 8:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Alabama, Basom.

A pickup truck has reportedly hit a bridge in the area of 650 Bloomingdale Road, Basom.

If there are injuries, they are apparently minor. The driver is out of the vehicle and walking around.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: The vehicle is well off the road. It hit a guardrail.

UPDATE 8:15 a.m.: Ambulance can continue in, non-emergency.

UPDATE 8:27 a.m.: Two tow trucks will be needed to deal with the vehicle. A hook to pull it to the road, and a flatbed to haul it away. Bloomingdale will be shut down for a time during the operation.

October 15, 2016 - 11:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy, news.


There is reportedly a two-car accident in the area of mile marker 377.9 of the Thruway in Le Roy.

Injuries are reported and one person may have been ejected from a vehicle.

Mercy Flight is on ground standby. 

Le Roy fire and ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 11:38 p.m.: Dispatchers received an update from a tollbooth indicating possibly four injuries, possibly two ejections.

UPDATE 11:40 p.m.: Mercy Flight #9 out of Buffalo dispatched, with a 22-minute ETA. Mercy Flight #5 out of Batavia dispatched. A second ambulance from Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:50 p.m.: Churchville fire requested to the scene.

UPDATE 11:52  p.m.: One of the cars is on fire.

UPDATE 11:57 p.m.: A medic  tells dispatch, "we've got one critical, one who could be BLS (basic life support)." Another medic informs Mercy Flight that a patient is ready to go.

UPDATE 12:03 a.m.: Another Mercy EMS unit is in route to the scene.

UPDATE 12:13 a.m.: One of the seriously injured is a teenager. The car fire is out.

UPDATE 12:14 a.m.: Bergen ambulance is transporting one to Strong.

UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: All victims extricated.

UPDATE 12:17 a.m.: There may be two separate calls here, with Le Roy working the Thruway accident and Bergen on a fire call on Route 490. A second patient being transported to Strong. An update coming on a third patient.

UPDATE 12:21 a.m.: Mercy Flight #9 is on the ground.  

UPDATE 12:25 a.m.: A Mercy Flight helicopter is headed to Strong. Another patient also being transported to Strong.

UPDATE 12:39 a.m.: A third helicopter did land at the scene, Mercy Flight #10. It is now in route to Strong.

UPDATE 12:50 a.m.: Units are starting to go back in service.

UPDATE 1:31 a.m.: Photo from our news partner, 13WHAM. Also, Bergen assignment from the 490 back in service.


Reader submitted photo.


Reader submitted photo.

October 15, 2016 - 5:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, news, accident.

An ATV accident with unknown injuries is reported in the area of 7756 Macomber Road, East Pembroke.

Oakfield fire and Mercy EMS responding.

A person is expected to meet responders by the road to take them to the scene of the accident.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Mercy Flight out of Buffalo on a ground standby.

UPDATE 5:37 p.m.: Mercy Flight requested to the scene.

October 14, 2016 - 9:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A two-car, minor injury accident is reported in the area of 3714 Pearl Street Road, Batavia.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 10:12 p.m.: Two people being transported to UMMC with minor injuries.

October 13, 2016 - 9:24am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, east pembroke, thruway.

A three-car accident with injuries is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 397.7. One engine from East Pembroke Fire Department is called to the scene along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight is on ground standby.

UPDATE 9:49 a.m.: The East Pembroke assignment is back in service.

October 7, 2016 - 7:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, Alabama.

A vehicle is reportedly rolled over in a ditch in the area of Feeder Road and Klossen Road, on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

Unknown injuries.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 7:47 a.m.: There were no occupants at the scene. The driver was subsequently located at a relative's house, reportedly uninjured. All units back in service.

October 6, 2016 - 7:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A car has reportedly hit a deer on Richmond Avenue, in front of the New York School School for the Blind.

The only injury reported is cuts from glass.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

September 24, 2016 - 12:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A hit-and-run accident involving a black Jeep is reported on Dellinger Avenue.

The suspect vehicle was last seen northbound on Dellinger, turning right on Washington Avenue.

The vehicle reportedly sustained damage and is leaking fluid and has two children passengers. A partial plate was provided as well.

Police are responding and looking for the vehicle.

September 23, 2016 - 10:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, batavia, news.

A two-car accident is reported at Ellicott Street and Court Street, Batavia.

Unknown injuries.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

September 22, 2016 - 6:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, batavia.

A single-car accident is reported on Clinton Street Road across from College View Drive, across from the entrance of Terry Hills.

One male occupant is injured.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

September 22, 2016 - 5:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Thurway, batavia, news, accident.


A motorcyclist reportedly fell off of his bike in the westbound lane of the Thruway in the area of mile marker 394.9.

East Pembroke fire and Mercy EMS responding.

Mercy Flight out of Batavia on ground standby.

UPDATE 5:13 p.m.: Town of Batavia fire requested to the scene for a possible landing zone.

UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: Fire police are going to shut the westbound Thruway down to accommodate Mercy Flight #7, which is called to the scene. Mercy medics are called also.

UPDATE 6:02 p.m.: Town of Batavia is back in service. Two patients are being transported by Mercy EMS to UMMC.

September 17, 2016 - 11:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, news, elba.

Peggy Zambito felt blessed that she, her daughter and her two young grandchildren walked away without any serious injuries from an accident on Transit Road in Elba a week ago.

This evening, she said she felt a sense of closure now that a person has been located, arrested and charged in the terrifying accident.

Jose Francisco Ortega-Hernandez, 46, of Transit Road, Elba, has been charged with: aggravated unlicensed operation, 2nd; leaving the scene of a property damage accident; no insurance; unsecured license plate; uninspected motor vehicle; unregistered motor vehicle; failure to yield at a stop sign; inadequate brakes, and failure to report a motor-vehicle accident with more than $1,000 in damage.

Following his arrest today, he was arraigned in Town of Batavia court and jailed on $2,500 bail.

He is also being held on an immigration warrant for past driving offenses.

According to accounts Zambito shared exclusively with The Batavian earlier this week, she was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her daughter Mercy Caparco, and her two grandchildren, Maggie, 5, and Molly, 2, when they saw a red SUV flying toward the North Byron and Transit Road intersection. There was no way to avoid the vehicle, Zambito said, and, she said, the other driver couldn't have stopped in time, even if he had tried.

The SUV slammed broadside into the Ford Explorer the family was in and caused it to roll over several times.

It was only by the grace of God and the safety features of the Explorer that the two women and two children walked away without any serious injuries, Zambito said. 

She hoped that publication of the story and photos from the accident would help lead to the arrest of the suspect.

The Sheriff's Office press release does not state how the suspect was located.

ICE Supervisory of Deportation Officer A. Castro assisted the Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

September 15, 2016 - 6:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, elba, news.


Somebody knows who was driving this vehicle at 10:40 a.m., Saturday, when it T-boned a car with two small children in it at the intersection of North Byron Road and Transit Road, Elba.

The driver fled the scene and the vehicle was found in a wooded area the next day off of Spoil Bank Road, in the mucklands.

The car had Ohio plates that didn't match the VIN number. There were receipts for Verizon calling plans in the vehicle.

Peggy Zambito, the grandmother of the two children, said her family is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

It's a miracle and only through the grace of God, she said, that she, her daughter, Mercy Caparco, and her two grandchildren, Maggie, 5, and Molly, 2, were uninjured in the accident.

The Ford Explorer Caparco was driving rolled over multiple times and narrowly missed hitting a fire hydrant and a tree.

The other driver, Zambito said, was speeding and though they saw him coming, couldn't avoid getting hit.

"I knew he was going so fast he wouldn’t have been able to stop if he tried," Zambito said.

Zambito said the safety features of the vehicle -- strong seatbelts and side airbags -- helped keep them all safe.

"I will always be haunted by the face of my daughter looking, craning her neck as we're rolling over to look (at her children)," Zambito said. "She said, 'Mom, I don't see blood. I don't see blood.' That will haunt me to my dying day."

She was able to find her mobile phone and call 9-1-1 as soon as the car stopped rolling over.

"I'm a retired nurse," she said. "I tend to stay calm in an emergency and then fall apart later."

The rear axle with a tire attached snapped off and landed 30 feet from the vehicle.

"It's a miracle we were able to just get out of that vehicle," she said.

Incredibly, the insurance company originally said it wouldn't total the car, but only pay for repairs, but then later today, Zambito said, she got word the decision was being reconsidered by another department.

Zambito realizes the red SUV that struck them may have been driven by a migrant worker, perhaps undocumented, which is why he fled, but she also realizes, she said, most migrant workers are decent, hard-working and family oriented. Perhaps if this story makes the rounds or a worker sees the posters the family plans to post at the Yellow Goose in Elba, somebody will come forward and identify the driver.

Apparently, one person did tell a deputy who he thinks usually drives the vehicle, but that person has witnesses who say he was at work at the time of the accident, Zambito said.





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