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February 3, 2019 - 5:48pm

Collision on Ellicott Street in front of Southside Deli

posted by Billie Owens in accidents, news, batavia.

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A semi and a burgundy coupe collided at the intersection of Ellicott Street and Summit/Liberty. City fire, police and Mercy medics are on scene. Traffic was backed up in both directions, but traffic lanes are being reopened now.

The female driver of the coupe may have minor injuries and is being transported by Mercy medics to UMMC for evaluation. The truck driver appears to be uninjured. He faces a citation for allegedly running a red light. 

jeff saquella
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How long have i been saying it's just a matter of time with all this truck traffic in this town? Thank god this girl is alright. I see all the time these semi drivers trying to beat the lights

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I also see many other vehicles running red lights, not just trucks. Problem with this city is too many damn lights. Jeff, you ever drive a semi?? When a light changes yellow, it's a judgement call on drivers part on speed/weight/road conditions. People need to remember semis don't stop as quickly as a car or pickup. Let's not forget all the vehicles that follow the semi through a yellow/red light....

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Good point Bob..I still think truck traffic should be diverted around the city...somehow

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We can't help that 63 is shorter and cheaper than the thruway to 390 route. I'll have to drive it in car someday when I'm bored and see time difference...

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I heard one time truckers save about $80 taking the shorter Route 63 route. I've never verified it.

That's a big economic incentive to overcome.

I guess there have been proposals in the past for truck-by-pass routes -- I think that would be great for Batavia -- but they died on the vine.

Some of the proposals to better link Ellicott with downtown, and make it more pedestrian and bike friendly, would slow down truck traffic but it wouldn't eliminate it. That alone won't bridge the gap of saving $80 on the trip.

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Howard, truckers have been saying they save money by going through Batavia. The best solution would be for the Thruway to lower its tolls to get truckers to stay on it. But we all know that is not going to happen.

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The tolls are certainly the biggest part of it but it's also (approximately) 30 miles shorter. And there's this thing called Highway Use Tax (HUT) that requires commercial vehicles to pay a tax on every mile driven in each state, so the less miles racked up on a trip means less HUT paid. Cutting (approximately) 60 miles from each round trip certainly adds up and for the record, the difference in the amount of time it takes is very minimal.

Once upon a time every mile driven on a toll road in NY was deductible from your NYS HUT bill but the poor, underpaid gangsters in Albany figured truckers were taking far too much money out of their pockets so they changed that. Our beloved Prince Andrew doesn't get the credit for this wonderful idea though, this one goes to the first Godfather Cuomo in the "family".

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"Some of the proposals to better link Ellicott with downtown, and make it more pedestrian and bike friendly, would slow down truck traffic but it wouldn't eliminate it."

They completely screwed up Ellicott st when they made it a one-lane for a bike lane! It should have stayed for vehicles, not bikes. Same thing with route 5 coming into Batavia. Why would you get rid of a traffic lane especially with the amount of truck travel?

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Same thing with oak st. too jim

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