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July 30, 2015 - 5:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway, Le Roy.

A tractor-trailer rollover accident is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 377. The driver is said to be trapped inside. Le Roy fire and Mercy medics are responding. Bergen fire is asked to stand by in its quarters in case mutual aid is needed.

UPDATE 5:16 p.m.: Le Roy command requests the Bergen crew to stage at the Le Roy Park & Ride lot.

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Mercy Flight is called and will land in the median adjacent to the accident scene.

UPDATE 5:54 p.m.: Bergen went back in service about 15 minutes ago. Le Roy is going back in service now and a responder tells dispatch that Thruway traffic "is backed up quite a bit." Didn't catch the destination of Mercy Flight.

July 25, 2015 - 5:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in roadwork, thruway.

Construction on the westbound Thruway between the Pembroke and Batavia exits has slowed traffic for much of the day. Genesee County emergency dispatchers say they expect that to ease up in the next 30 minutes as work crews knock off for now.

July 19, 2015 - 3:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway, east pembroke.

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A big accident is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 397. Unknown injuries. It involves two tractor-trailers and at least two other vehicles. East Pembroke Fire Department is responding along with Mercy Medics.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: Town of Batavia Fire Department requested to the scene. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire department asked to shut down eastbound I-90 at Pembroke exit.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: A third ambulance, this one from Darien, is called in.

UPDATE 4:29 p.m.: Howard at the scene reports seeing no tractors-trailers; rather, there's an SUV or RV towing a trailer, a pickup truck, and another passenger vehicle involved in the crash.

UPDATE 4:49 p.m.: A responder on scene reports traffic in the opposite direction -- westbound -- is backed up for at least eight miles.

UPDATE 5:19 p.m.: Town of Batavia is back in service. 

UPDATE 5:17 p.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls traffic control detail is back in service.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: A reader reports both lanes are now open.

Reader submitted photos.

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July 9, 2015 - 7:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway, batavia, accident.

A two-car accident is reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 397.5.

That's by the Pembroke Service Area.

One vehicle is reportedly on fire.

East Pembroke fire and Mercy medics dispatched.

UPDATE 7:58 a.m.: Minor injuries reported.

April 27, 2015 - 2:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, thruway.

Kiran Thapa

This video of a three-vehicle accident last Tuesday on the Thruway going through Batavia already has more than 230,000 views and has drawn more than 400 comments.

The driver of the Camaro was charged with DWI.

Kiran Thapa, 32, of Columbus, Ohio, was allegedly driving with a BAC of .19. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 1st, a Class E felony.  

Thapa was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and jailed on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.

A spokesman for Troop T had no further information available on the accident at this time.

March 20, 2015 - 9:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway.

Press release:

There will be emergency roadwork between exit 48A (Pembroke – Medina – NY Route 77) and exit 48 (Batavia – NY Route 98) on I-90 eastbound the Thruway Authority announced today.

Work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, continuing through Monday, March 23 at 6 a.m.

Isolated pavement repairs will be performed in both eastbound lanes. Motorists should expect single lane closures and a posted work zone speed limit of 45 mph.

In the event of inclement weather, work may be delayed or postponed.

Variable message boards (VMS) and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR – 1630 AM) will provide updates for motorists about possible delays in the area.

The Thruway Authority appreciates motorists’ patience during this emergency work following a winter of bitter cold temperatures and extreme winter weather.

February 13, 2015 - 1:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.
Jermaine Vann

One person is dead and a Rochester resident is being charged with DWI after the car he was driving early this morning slammed into the back of a Thruway Authority snowplow near mile marker 404 in the eastbound lane.

The accident was reported at 3:44 a.m.

Killed in the crash was Milagro Lopez-Cruz, 33, of Rochester, who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jermaine A. Vann, 34, of Rochester.

Vann's small car was eastbound behind the snow plow when his car rear-ended the plow.

He was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operator, 3rd, following too closely and speed not reasonable nor prudent for conditions.

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released at ECMC. 

(Initial Report)

February 13, 2015 - 3:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway, pembroke.

An accident with possible serious injuries is reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 404. 

The call came from a tollbooth operator. 

A Thruway vehicle is involved; the injury is in the second vehicle. 

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire along with Mercy EMS responding. 

UPDATE 3:58 a.m.: Mercy Flight out of Batavia is only available for eastbound flights at this time. Dispatch on availability of Mercy Flight out of Buffalo. 

UPDATE 4:09 a.m.: All eastbound traffic being blocked. CPR in progress. 

UPDATE 4:18 a.m.: Mercy Flight can stand down. 

UPDATE 5:50 a.m.: We have no further information at this time. The accident is under investigation, according to State Police.

February 12, 2015 - 7:35am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, thruway.

A black SUV rolloved over several times on the eastbound Thruway but the driver has minor, if any, injuries, according to a dispatcher, who is on the phone with the driver. Location is mile marker 380.2; Le Roy fire and ambulance responding.

UPDATE 7:48 a.m.: Command says the crew is actually in the westbound lane; the vehicle is in the median. State Troopers are en route.

UPDATE 8 a.m.: Troopers on scene.

February 6, 2015 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.

A blue pickup truck has rolled over in the area of mile marker 403.6.

Injuries are reported and extrication is needed.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire department are dispatched, along with Mercy EMS.

There may be a second accident at mile marker 406.

At 403.6, an elderly patient reportedly has neck and back injuries.

UPDATE 10 a.m.: A responder has yet to locate an accident at 406.

UPDATE 10:02 a.m.: A second ambulance requested to 403.6.

UPDATE 10:04 a.m.: There are multiple patients to be evaluated. Darien's ambulance is standing by. Traffic is reportedly heavy.

UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: At least three patients will be sign-offs.

February 2, 2015 - 8:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway, steve hawley.

Press release from Assemblyman Steve Hawley:

“The news today regarding an investigation into employees of the New York State Thruway Authority allegedly using state-provided phones to arrange meetings with prostitutes is disturbing and speaks to the general dysfunction of the department. It’s repulsive to hear about abuses such as these permeating the leadership of such an important state-run organization. Many members of the Assembly have called out the Thruway Authority for failing to produce a financial plan to fund the repair of the Tappan Zee Bridge and keep tolls from skyrocketing and we are still waiting on a plan. Whether using taxpayer-funded resources to facilitate sex crimes or irresponsibly handling the finances of their own agency, the Thruway Authority continues to miserably fail New Yorkers.”

January 8, 2015 - 10:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway, weather.

From the Thruway Authority:

Parts of the New York State Thruway in Western New York will be closed due to extreme winter weather conditions. The mainline Thruway, I-90, between Exit 46 (Henrietta) and Exit 61 (Shortman Road), as well as the Niagara Section, I-190, between I-90 and Exit 16 (I-290), will be closed to tractor-trailers at 9 tonight. Starting at midnight, these same sections will be closed to all traffic. Vehicles traveling westbound on I-90 will be detoured off the roadway at Exit 46 (Henrietta) and all eastbound traffic will be detoured off at Exit 61 (Shortman Road). All vehicles traveling south on I-190 will be detoured off at Exit 16 (I-290).

December 30, 2014 - 11:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.

A motor-vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported in the eastbound lane of the Thruway in the area of mile marker 404.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire dispatched. Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: A responding chief says, "It looks like he may be out of the woods now. It looks like he's going to be driving out of here." There is a truck off the road. 

UPDATE 11:28 a.m.: It looks like a tow will be required for the truck.

December 30, 2014 - 10:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, thruway.

A an accident is reported on the Thruway in the area of mile marker 387, which puts it just east of Byron Road, Town of Batavia.

A driver is reportedly slumped over the wheel of his vehicle.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:21 a.m.: Town of Batavia back in service. No further information of possible injuries, if any, at this point.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: This was a medical issue.

December 8, 2014 - 12:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, thruway.

Town of Batavia is responding to a fully involved car fire on the Thruway, reported at mile marker 388.2 in the westbound lane.

A chief on scene reports, "it's going good."

UPDATE 1:04 a.m.: The fire was a result of the car hitting a deer.  There were no injuries as a result of the accident.

November 2, 2014 - 7:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported on the Thruway at mile marker 397.0 in the eastbound lane.

Dispatchers warn responders of extremely icy conditions in the area.

East Pembroke fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

The location is about a half mile west of the Slusser Road overpass.

UPDATE 7:43 a.m.: No injuries.

UPDATE 7:53 a.m.: A second ambulance requested after a vehicle may have struck the fire truck -- or close to it, hitting a guard rail instead. Darien fire's ambulance requested to the scene.

UPDATE 7:57 a.m.: "They hit the guard rail pretty good," reports a chief, but everybody is out of the car and injuries, if any, appear minor. The chief also reports "this is not good," cars are slowing down, but still sliding around.  

UPDATE 8:02 a.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls requested to assemble in quarters.

UPDATE 8:06 a.m.: The East Pembroke chief informs the Pembroke chief that their crews are needed for traffic control in the eastbound lane. Another chief informs Darien's ambulance that it can go back in service. Mercy EMS can handle the signoffs on the second accident.

UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: A Pembroke chief reports icy conditions, at least two cars into guard rails. Dispatch says the Thruway Authority has a salt truck in route.

UPDATE 8:15 a.m.: There's a non-injury accident on the Route 98 overpass. A dispatcher notes, "Apparently the bridges in this county are iced over. It's Nov. 2 and the bridges are iced over."

UPDATE 8:18 a.m.: An East Pembroke chief is requesting crews completely shutdown the eastband lanes.

UPDATE 8:29 a.m.: A second accident in East Pembroke's district, on Route 5 near Wortendyke Road. The East Pembroke chief requests a dispatch for Town of Batavia while he tries to free up a unit to head that way. The dispatcher warns Town of Batavia that the road is icy. There are very minor injuries in the accident.

November 1, 2014 - 8:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, thruway.

A car and semi-truck have collided on the Thruway in the westbound lane near mile marker 386.6

That's about two-tenths of a mile east of the Bank Street Road overpass.

There are only minor injuries.

Town of Batavia fire is responding along with Mercy EMS.

A chief on scene reports, "we've got one against the inside guard rail and one against the outside guard rail."

The left lane is blocked.

UPDATE 8:33 a.m.: A chief reports a correction on vehicles. One passenger vehicle and one flatbed truck, unloaded.

August 28, 2014 - 9:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.

A tractor-trailer has reportedly hit the guard rail on the westbound lane of the Thruway in the area of mile marker 403.1.

Smoke is coming from the truck.

Unknown injuries.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched.

August 27, 2014 - 5:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in thruway.

Press release:

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced that emergency repairs to the Wheatland Center Road overhead bridge on I-90 westbound between exit 46 (I-390) and exit 47 (Leroy) are under way.

Thruway maintenance crews began work early this morning and will continue through early Wednesday afternoon, then resume work late Wednesday evening after rush hour in order to complete the work before the Labor Day Holiday weekend work restriction period begins.

Motorists traveling westbound on I-90 should be prepared for possible slow moving or stopped traffic.

The Thruway Authority appreciates motorists’ patience during this emergency work.

August 6, 2014 - 12:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, thruway, pembroke.

Mercy Flight is being dispatched to a landing zone the Indian Falls Methodist Church on Route 77, Pembroke, for accident on the Thruway.

The accident involves a motorcycle, though the driver was last reported as conscious. 

Indian Falls Fire and Pembroke Fire dispatched to the accident scene, along with Mercy EMS. Corfu Fire requested to the landing zone.

UPDATE 12:03 p.m.: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne, "possibly to ECMC." The assignment is back in service.

UPDATE: Photo and update info by Alecia Kaus / Video News Service. Chief Ed Mileham said the rider was headed east on the Thruway with a group of other riders when the accident occurred. He landed in the median. Mileham said his helmet saved his life. There was a big softball-sized dent in it. He was transported to ECMC with apparent serious injuries.

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