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May 26, 2018 - 7:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in elba, news, accidents.

A motor-vehicle accident, with one person said to be unconscious, is reported in Elba at Route 98 and Lockport Road. Elba Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

May 24, 2018 - 3:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.

A three-vehicle accident is reported in the area of 22 W. Main St. in the city. It is blocking traffic and injuries are believed to be minor. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

May 5, 2018 - 12:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, Darien.


A car versus motorcycle accident with possible serious injuries is reported at 519 Genesee St. in Darien, at the intersection of South Lake Road. Darien Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight #7 out of Batavia is put on ground standby.

Corfu Fire Police are requested to the scene in case needed to set up a landing zone. Law enforcement is on scene; vehicles are off the side of the road, not blocking traffic.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Mercy Flight response is canceled, along with Corfu Fire Police, per command.

UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: A tow is called for the motorcycle, but not the car.

UPDATE 12:27 p.m.: Mercy medics are put back in service.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: The motorcyclist was transported by Darien ambulance to ECMC with a compound fracture of an arm and other non-life-threatening injuries. The female driver of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck was also transported there for evaluation. Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Saile said the truck was eastbound westbound on Genesee Street when it slowed to make a left turn onto South Lake Road. The motorcyclist was behind the truck. The truck driver said she used her turn signal. The motorcyclist says she did not. The truck driver slowed and attempted the left-hand turn and collided with the motorcycle, which attempted to pass on the left. The motorcyclist was ejected and may have struck his arm on a Direct TV satellite pole in the yard adjacent to where the accident occurred. The motorcycle ended up in a ditch.



May 4, 2018 - 4:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in Basom, news, accidents.

A "motorcycle versus mailbox accident with injury" is reported at 1018 Lewiston Road, Basom. The operator is conscious, alert and sitting down. Alabama Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. The location is between Casey and Crosby roads.

May 3, 2018 - 8:57am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, accidents.


A serious injury accident -- a head-on collision -- is reported at Route 98 and West Saile Drive. Town of Batavia Fire Department, Mercy medics and law enforcement are responding. A first responder reports one lane of traffic is blocked.

UPDATE 8:58 a.m.: There is no entrapment. Mercy Flight was called but is cancelled.

UPDATE 9:12 a.m.: Both drivers are out of their vehicles and are being treated by medics. They were alert when medics arrived. Northbound Route 98 is closed at West Saile Drive.

UPDATE 9:32 a.m.: Both drivers are being transported to Strong Memorial Hospital; they have non-life-threatening injuries. Both are female. One is 36 and lives in Kent; the other is 53 from Elba. One was northbound on Route 98; the other was southbound and attempted to turn left onto West Saile Drive at the time of the collision. No determination has yet been made as to who was at fault. The accident is being investigated.



May 2, 2018 - 2:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.


A tractor-trailer rollover accident is reported at Batavia-Elba Town Line Road, west of Route 98. One person is injured. Town is Batavia Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight is on ground standby.

UPDATE 2:48 p.m.: The driver was transported via ground ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation. The roadway remains closed until a State Police truck enforcement unit can respond and inspect the truck. Then a heavy wrecker tow will be called in to haul the tractor-trailer away. No other vehicles were involved. The cause of the accident is under investigation; it is not yet known to what extent speed or wind played a factor, if at all. The trailer was hauling 8,000 pounds of O-AT-KA dairy-processing byproduct. The organic substance spilled. It was bound for farms to be used as feed and/or in fertilizer.




February 27, 2018 - 7:51am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia, news.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 387.2. One car crashed into a guardrail with at least one person unconscious.

"We spoke with the driver. We think it's a one-vehicle accident; however, he's unsure if he hit any other vehicles."

Town of Batavia Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics.

UPDATE 7:57 p.m.: Medics are on scene. They advise the vehicle is off the roadway; Town of Batavia fire can go back in service if they choose. No word on injuries.

UPDATE 8:12 a.m.: All units are back in service.

February 20, 2018 - 3:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia, news.

An accident involving three cars and a semi-truck is reported at Oak Street and Richmond Avenue in the city; unknown injuries. City fire, police and Mercy medics are responding. Traffic control will be needed.

UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: The driver of the white sedan pictured above told police they couldn't stop in time and rear-ended a car in front of them, causing a chain reaction ending when a semi was struck by the third car. The drivers of the white sedan and the third car were transported to UMMC with complaints of pain. An investigation is pending.

February 18, 2018 - 11:41am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama, news.


A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at 6472 Alleghany Road, Alabama. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The location is between Lewiston and Casey roads.

UPDATE 11:44 a.m.: A first responder on scene says there are two vehicles, one of which was possibly parked at the time of the collision. They are "in a driveway, in a bush."

Photos by Donald Bouch.


February 10, 2018 - 12:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia, news.

A person has severed several fingers in an accident on Bank Street in the city involving a snowblower. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: A 26-year-old male with "finger amputation" is being transported to UMMC. City fire is back in service.

January 12, 2018 - 4:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, accidents, batavia, news, notify.

Press release from the Batavia Police Department:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating a car/pedestrian accident which occurred on West Main Street today.

The accident happened at approximately 2:10 p.m. on the area of Settler's.

The pedestrian was walking eastbound on the sidewalk on the north side of West Main Street. While crossing the street, a black Honda sedan struck the pedestrian and continued westbound on West Main Street.

The driver was described as a white female with curly hair.

The pedestrian is currently being treated at UMMC.

Anyone with information in reference to this case is asked to contact Officer Prusak or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online here.

UPDATE 5:14 p.m.: A caller reports seeing a vehicle that matches the description with front-end damage driving on Willow Street. No information on when the car was seen.

(Initial report)

January 5, 2018 - 11:00am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, accidents.

A two-car accident with possible injuries is reported at the Thruway overpass bridge on Lewiston Road; the address is 8169 Lewiston Road, Batavia. It is partially blocking the southbound lane. Town of Batavia Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: One patient has a minor laceration. A first responder says medics can "take it easy coming in."

January 2, 2018 - 2:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.


A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at East Main and Ross streets. City fire and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: A second ambulance requested to the scene. The accident is blocking traffic.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: One person was transported to UMMC for evaluation. This was a T-bone accident and an officer at the scene said it will be difficult to determine who's at fault because "both claim the light was green."

UPDATE 3:02 p.m.: City fire is back in service.


December 28, 2017 - 12:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, Stafford, notify.

A head-on collision between a semi-truck and a car is reported on Route 33 in Stafford. One person is reportedly "unresponsive." Mercy medics and Stafford fire are responding.

UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: The accident is in the area of 5882 Clinton Street Road (Route 33).

UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: There is a lot of debris in the roadway. The roadway is blocked. Bergen Fire Department is called. Extrication equipment will be needed.

UPDATE 12:38: Stafford command also requests Byron and South Byron fire departments to the scene, which is between Mill Road and Westbrook Morganville Road. Mercy Flight #7 is called in; a 15-minute ETA. "We need the extrication as soon as possible for this one patient," says a first responder.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: The extrication equipment is en route. Fire police are going to close the roadway near the scene.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: National Grid is called because the semi struck a utility pole, which is still standing but "it's damaged and it's making some noise."

UPDATE 12:56 p.m.: Stafford commands says "Just be aware this (roadway) is going to be shut down for awhile."

UPDATE 1:07 p.m.: National Grid is on scene.

UPDATE 2:21 p.m.: Genesee County Undersheriff Gregory Walker confirmed this was a fatal accident. The driver and sole occupant of an eastbound sedan was killed, Walker said, after the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head on with a westbound tractor-trailer hauling food products. The trucker was not injured. "He tried to avoid (the crash)," Walker said. "He saw it coming over the center line and tried to avoid it. He couldn't avoid it." The trucker swerved into a ditch yet there was still a head-on collision. The accident reconstruction/crash management team is taking measurements at the scene and investigating. National Grid also has to replace the broken utility pole before the roadway can be reopened. Next of kin notifications are being made and the victim's information will be released afterward. Walker said the roads are dry now and were at the time the accident occured, so icy road conditions were not a factor. "We're not sure of the reason," that the accident happened, Walker said.

December 27, 2017 - 10:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, batavia, news.


A single-vehicle accident is reported on Chestnut Street in the City of Batavia. No word on injuries.

A car reportedly went off the road at 3 Chestnut St., struck a utility pole, careened through a front porch, and stopped at 1 Chestnut St.

City police, fire and Mercy medics are on scene.

UPDATE 10:40 p.m. (by Howard): The vehicle was backing out of a driveway from a residence across from 3 Chestnut. Police are investigatng and have yet to determine why the car backed up, at an apparent brisk rate of speed, over the curb, struck a utility pole, then the porch of 3 Chestnut. It sheared off the driver's side door, which was apparently partially opened, and then struck a parked SUV at 1 Chestnut. The vehicle at 1 Chestnut sustained minor damage. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident but an ambulance was dispatched to Batavia PD to evaluate somebody who was in an accident (we are unsure if this is the same accident). Sgt. Dan Coffey said at this time police have no idea what happened or why, and they are investigating.



November 28, 2017 - 6:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in bergen, accidents, news.

A man inside a feed store in Bergen is complaining of rib pain after what he says was a train vs. pickup truck accident. It occurred on Buffalo Street near Route 19. Bergen fire and medics are responding.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: "I have located the vehicle; checking on it now," says a first responder.

UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: "The truck is not on the railroad track; it's just east," says a first repsonder.

November 24, 2017 - 11:42am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, east pembroke, news, notify.

A motor-vehicle accident with injuries and entrapment is reported at 2745 Pearl Street Road (Route 33) at the intersection of Wilkinson Road in West Batavia. East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding. The availability of Mercy Flight is being checked.

"We believe the vehicle may be underneath a tractor-trailer," says a dispatcher.  "...Multiple vehicles." A BLS ambulance out of Darien is called for evaluations of patients. Fire police from Corfu are asked to shut down traffic on Route 33 at Read Road; Town of Batavia Fire Department is asked to close Route 33 at Hopkins Road.

UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: This is a fatal accident. More T/K.

November 22, 2017 - 2:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, accidents, crime, Bethany, notify.

Press release from the GC Sheriff's Office:

A 30-year-old Perry man is charged with DWI after a rollover accident early this morning on Route 63 near Fargo Road in Bethany.

Kenneth Wayne Wilson Jr., of Burke Hill Road, is also charged with: speed not reasonable and prudent; uninspected motor vehicle; moving from lane unsafely; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

The actual location of the single-vehicle accident was determined to be 5604 Ellicott Street Road (Route 63) and it occurred at 1:24 a.m.

Deputies responded and after an investigation they arrested Wilson.

It is alleged that he was driving while intoxicated. He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital via ambulance. He was released on appearance tickets returnable to Bethany Town Court at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The case was investigated by Deputy Travis DeMuth, assisted by Deputy Jeremy McClellan.

For previous coverage, click here.

November 18, 2017 - 6:22am
posted by Billie Owens in accidents, Pavilion, news.

"A hunter on his way to a hunting party, struck a deer," says a dispatcher. A sheriff's deputy is heading to the vehicle vs. deer accident, on Transit Road south of Hawks Road, Pavilion. 

November 9, 2017 - 5:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in Le Roy, accidents, news.

A minor injury accident involving a motorcyclist and pickup truck is reported on Harris Road in Le Roy.

A pickup truck attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway on Harris Road, west of Asbury Road, when an oncoming motorcyclist struck it head on.

Le Roy fire, Mercy medics and Sheriff's deputies are on scene. The driver of the pickup was uninjured; the motorcyclist is being evaluated.


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