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September 6, 2015 - 2:34am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Bethany, Stafford.


(Photos by Howard Owens.)

A tractor-trailer flipped over and landed on its roof at the S curve on Route 63 at Fargo Road in Little Canada. The driver is trapped inside but reports only minor injuries. A Sheriff's deputy is on scene. Bethany and Stafford fire and Mercy medics are responding. There are wires down in the roadway.

UPDATE 2:58 a.m.: The driver somehow managed to extricate himself and was sitting on the guard rail when the first firefighters arrived. He was loaded into an ambulance and is not seriously hurt. He was hauling Chiquita bananas.

UPDATE 3:17 a.m.: A deputy was first on scene, coming across the accident while on patrol. He and a passerby helped the driver crawl from the cab of the truck. The driver was conscious and alert.





September 5, 2015 - 9:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama.

A one-vehicle rollover accident is reported at 7586 Reuben Road, possible trapping two occupants. Some type of wire may also be down. Unknown injuries. Alabama fire is called along with Mercy medics.

September 4, 2015 - 2:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A pole and wires are down in front of 56 Harvester Ave. They are blocking traffic. A female is trapped in her vehicle there and wires are around the vehicle. City fire is responding.

UPDATE 2:18 p.m.: City police are asked to respond to direct traffic.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The second platoon is asked to respond to city fire headquarters. It appears that a train accidentally yanked the pole and wires down and the train is stopped on Harvester, blocking the roadway.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m.: There are two power poles down, one on each side of the train tracks. There are also two vehicles draped with live wires, both occupied. The roadway is blocked by a cargo train hauling tank cars manufactured by the adjacent Graham Corp. It appears the cargo train snagged the wires, bringing down the poles.

UPDATE 2:47 p.m.: National Grid crews removed the wires and the drivers inside the trapped vehicles were able to back out of their predicament and move to safe locations.

UPDATE 4:29 p.m.: City Fire is clearing the scene, but Harvester remains barricaded.

(Photos by Howard Owens.)











September 2, 2015 - 5:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy.


A motorcycle accident with possibly serious injuries is reported at Warsaw and Perry roads. Le Roy fire and ambulance are responding. The rider is down in the roadway, not moving, said the dispatcher.

UPDATE 6:08 p.m.: The rider has medical issues which precipitated the accident. He is not seriously hurt. He is being taken to a hospital by Le Roy for his medical issues and for evaluation. No other vehicles were involved.

UPDATE 6:11 p.m.: Responders said the victim was not moving because he was being restrained by Good Samaritans, passersby who stopped and held him in place for his own good until medics arrived, so as not to worsen any injury.

August 30, 2015 - 3:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Le Roy.

A one-vehicle rollover accident, unknown injuries, is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 381.4. Le Roy fire and ambulance are responding along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight is put on ground standby.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Mercy Flight is heading to the scene.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: Mercy Flight is cancelled by medics.

August 28, 2015 - 12:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Pavilion.

A driver may have suffered a seizure before plowing into a house at routes 63 and 19. Injuries are reported in the motor-vehicle accident. Pavilion fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:56 p.m.: The house's gas meter has been shut off. RG&E has been notified.

UPDATE 12:58 p.m.: Command requests a crew from Le Roy Fire Department to stand by in their own quarters.

UPDATE 1:17 p.m.: This could have been a major accident, instead no one -- including the driver -- was seriously hurt, according to a firefighter at the scene. After getting gas at Pavilion Farms gas station, a man in a white pickup truck had a seizure and his truck shot full-throttle out of the gas station, across Route 19, and was headed straight toward Paparoni's pizza parlor, which was crowded with lunchtime customers. There were students milling around in the parking lot, too. But the truck struck a Hanson Aggregates truck in its path and that impact careened the white pickup into the house next to the pizza parlor. A woman was home at the time and the truck missed her by only a couple of feet, said the firefighter. RG&E is on scene.

UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: Pavilion Fire Chief Chad Freeman at the scene said they received a call about 12:45 of a vehicle into a house and arrived to find a pickup truck partially inside the house. They believed the driver had a medical issue. He was northbound on Route 19 and came through the intersection of Route 63 and "ended up in the house." He drove through a busy parking lot. "It could have been a lot worse. Everybody got away with minor injuries." Asked if the Hanson truck diverted the pickup from striking the pizzeria and the packed parking lot, the chief said they are not "100-percent sure" if he would have continued down 19 a ways or not.



August 27, 2015 - 4:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.


A two-car accident with injuries and possible entrapment is reported at R. Stephen Hawley Drive and 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia. Town of Batavia fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 4:56 p.m.: Stafford Fire Police requested to the scene for traffic control. They are going to shut down R. Stephen Hawley Drive at Batavia Stafford Townline Road.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: A responder on scene reports a patient who is trapped will probably not need to be extricated. Their efforts to free the victim seem to be working.

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: This was a three-car collision. There are four patients and all are being transported to UMMC via ground ambulances. A female driver of a sedan told responders she fell asleep at the wheel while she was traveling uphill, then she swerved and hit two oncoming cars.



August 26, 2015 - 6:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Basom, Alabama.

A car vs. pole accident with injuries is reported at 2172 Ledge Road, Basom, just west of Maple Road. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

August 24, 2015 - 7:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, bergen.

A car vs. motorcycle accident with injuries is reported in Bergen at North Lake and Bissell roads. The motorcyclist is in the roadway, semiconscious, with a leg injury. Bergen fire and Mercy medics are responding.

August 22, 2015 - 7:16pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Darien.


A motor-vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment is reported at County Line Road and Route 20. Darien fire is responding along with medics.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m.: A dispatcher says the injuries may be serious and there are two vehicles involved.

UPDATE 7:22 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called to the scene.

UPDATE 7:31 p.m.: A victim is complaining of severe leg pain. Responders are working to free the entrapped. Mercy Flight has a five-minute ETA.

UPDATE 7:36 p.m.: "The patient was just extricated from the vehicle."

UPDATE 7:37 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 7:53 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne with one patient aboard and headed to Erie County Medical Center.

UPDATE 8:09 p.m.: An emergency responder told Howard at the scene that there were two people in each vehicle. Three of them were treated at the scene. The injuries of the person taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC were unspecified. That victim was a passenger in a green sedan -- a Dodge Neon. A witness who arrived first on scene said the victim was initially unconscious but after regaining consciousness, complained of back and side pain. The driver of the other vehicle, a red Chevy Blazer, was a female and she was taken into custody. The actual site of the accident is in Erie County and its officials would provide no additional information.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m.: We're attempting to get more information from the Erie County Sheriff's Office, which is proving difficult.




August 19, 2015 - 6:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, pembroke, indian falls, Darien.

A motor-vehicle accident is reported in front of Pembroke High School at 8750 Alleghany Road. Law enforcement on scene says one person may have a concussion. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding, along with Darien ambulance.

August 16, 2015 - 2:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A car struck a gas pump at the Citgo Station at 16 Clinton St., Batavia. No injuries. The vehicle is leaking fluids, but it's not yet known if the gas pump is leaking. Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding.

August 15, 2015 - 1:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke.

A two-vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 398.9. East Pembroke and Mercy medics are responding. The caller reports a car struck a semi-truck then went off the road.

UPDATE 1:36 p.m.: Responders were unable to locate a vehicle or driver involved in an accident. The assignment is back in service.

August 14, 2015 - 12:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A bicyclist was reportedly struck by a vehicle at West Main Street and Redfield Parkway. No word on injuries. Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: A responder reports no injuries. Nothing blocking traffic.

August 13, 2015 - 12:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Stafford.

A one-vehicle accident with minor injuries is reported at 8110 Route 237. It is off the roadway. Stafford fire and Mercy medics are responding.

August 12, 2015 - 11:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.


A car versus motorcycle accident with injuries is reported at 142 S. Main St. near Roosevelt Avenue.

City firefighters and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:03 a.m. (by Howard): The accident involved a scooter and a deer. The rider suffered only minor injuries and was transported to UMMC for evaluation. The deer ran off. There was blood from the deer on the front fender of the scooter.

August 11, 2015 - 3:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, rope rescue, pembroke, corfu, indian falls.


(Photo: Tyler Tomasik, right, with friends Chad Buziak, Alyssa Kranz and Katailyn Armstrong.)

A rope rescue is needed for a man who jumped off the north bank of Indian Falls behind the Log Cabin Restaurant. People there are unable to get him out. His unjuries are unknown. He is conscious and alert. The location is 1227 Gilmore Road, Corfu. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments, Mercy medics and the Rope Rescue Team are called to the scene.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: The male is a teenager who was rescued by his best friend and transported by Mercy medics to UMMC for evaluation at the request of his parents. He had no complaints of aches or pains.

UPDATE 4:18: The rescuer is 19-year-old Lancaster resident Tyler Tomasik. Here's what he told Howard at the scene: "We were just walking down by the water. He slipped in. Had to save him. We were right underneath the falls. Like there's a cliff where you drop off and we were underneath it, like watching the falls, and he slipped on this wet rock and just went under. I didn't know what to do. I tried grabbing a stick to pull him out. That didn't work so I just reached my arm in and grabbed him. I just kept reaching in."

Asked about whether they had jumped off the falls, he said they have heard about it but had not done so. But when his friend just slipped into the water it was "a little scary."

Once out of the water, his friend hugged him and told him he loved him and said "thanks." Tyler told him "That's what friends are for. You gotta stick up for each other."

August 9, 2015 - 6:18pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, water rescue, indian falls, pembroke.

A man is down in the water, bleeding from the head, in the Indian Falls at 1227 Gilmore Road, Corfu. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments and Mercy medics are responding. The Water Rescue Team is called for a possible rope rescue. The location is outside the Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant.

UPDATE 6:26 p.m.: The emergency rope rescue response is cancelled per Pembroke command.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Howard at the scene says a state trooper told him a man got a small cut on the head. That's it. "It was nothing." The assignment is back in service.

August 9, 2015 - 7:36am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, alexander.


A possible head-on collision is reported at 9741 Alexander Road, just south of Lang Road, Town of Alexander. Unknown injuries. Mercy Flight in on ground standby. Alexander fire and ambulance are responding along with Mercy medics. Dispatchers received several calls about this accident.

UPDATE 7:45 a.m.: One vehicle has heavy front-end damage; the other is about 150 feet off the roadway. There's a lot of debris in the roadway. No word yet on injuries.

UPDATE 8:20 a.m.: Howard at the scene reports one person was transported to UMMC for evaluation after complaining of head and neck pain. The victim was driving a Jeep and it was rear-ended and pushed into a field, striking a couple of trees before coming to rest. It was struck by a sedan driven by a young woman who was given and passed a field-sobriety test. The driver of the sedan is being charged with following too closely and speed not reasonable and prudent. The Alexander assignment is back in service.


August 8, 2015 - 7:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia.

A two-car accident is reported on Park Road in front of Alex's Place restaurant. There is reportedly one person with a minor head injury. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.


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