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Injury reported in motorcycle accident in Darien

By Howard B. Owens

A motorcycle and car are involved in an accident at Route 238 and Darien Alexander Townline Road, Darien.

Darien Fire and Alexander ambulance responding.

An injury is reported and medics on scene are starting treatment.


Car strikes pole on Clinton Street, Batavia

By Howard B. Owens

A car has struck a utility pole in the area of 43 Clinton St., Batavia.

There is air bag deployment.

Unknown injuries.

City Fire and Mercy EMS responding

UPDATE 12:40 a.m.: A Batavia patrol officer on scene reports no injuries.

Photos: Workers unload merchandise from tractor trailer involved in accident in Pavilion

By Howard B. Owens
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One person was injured when a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck hauling retail merchandise collided at Ellicott Street Road and Starr Road shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

 Seven hours later, workers were still removing the merchandise from the truck and loading it into another trailer.

The State Police released the names of the drivers without stating which vehicle each driver was operating and which driver was injured. 

The driver of the first vehicle was Syed A. Rizvi, 36, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, and of the second, Francisco A. Gomez Arias, 42, of Hazle Township, Pa.

The State Police did not release any information related to the events leading to the accident.

Photos by Howard Owens

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starr road accident pavilion
starr road accident pavilion

Teen from Scotland struck by car on Clinton Street Road seriously injured

By Howard B. Owens

A 17-year-old from Aberdeen, Scotland, was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle in the area of 5186 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, shortly before 1:30 a.m.

Ethan R. Walker is believed to be a student at Genesee Community College.

According to the Sheriff's Office, he was apparently a passenger in a 2007 Chevy Suburban that was eastbound on Route 33.  For some reason, Walker got out of the vehicle, crossed the roadway on foot and entered the westbound lane.

He was struck by a grey 2008 Toyota RAV4 driven by Garrett R. Mercurio, 18, of Batavia.

Mercurio and witnesses called 9-1-1.

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS arrived on scene and provided Walker with medical care. Walker was transported by ground ambulance from the scene and later flown by Mercy EMS to ECMC, where he is currently in the trauma unit.

The incident is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office, including members of the Crash Management Team.

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Man struck by vehicle on Clinton Street Road

By Howard B. Owens

A man has been reportedly struck by a vehicle on Clinton Street Road near Pine Hollow Drive. 

Possible serious injuries. 

Checking on the availability of Mercy Flight. 

Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS responding. 

Semi-truck rollover reported in Stafford

By Howard B. Owens

A semi-truck rollover accident is reported at Route 5 and Route 237, the four corners, in Stafford.

A minor injury is reported.

The truck is hauling potash.

Stafford Fire and Byron and South Byron fire departments dispatched.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: DEC requested to the scene.

Driver flees after striking parked car on South Jackson, Batavia

By Howard B. Owens
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The suspect vehicle.
Photo by Howard Owens.

The driver of a tan Chevy Suburban fled the scene, according to a witness, after the vehicle struck a parked car on South Jackson Street in Batavia.

Batavia PD is investigating the accident.

There were no injuries reported.

The witness described the driver as a woman, 28 to 30, with her hair in a bun, wearing black shorts and a tan tank top. She had a tattoo consisting of letters on her right shoulder.

The witness said the woman started walking west toward Jackson Street, and when he said, "You can't leave the scene," she said, "I'm not leaving. I'm making a phone call." When he called 9-1-1, she ran east on South Jackson, and he tried to follow.  She cut into some residential yards.

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Photo shows the point of impact, where the SUV struck the parked sedan and pushing it forward about 8 to 10 feet.
Photo by Howard Owens

Accident reported at Park and Oak, Batavia

By Howard B. Owens

A two-car accident is reported at Oak Street and Park Road, Batavia.

No word on injuries.

City Fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.: Vehicles are blocking.  "Traffic is backing up," the fire commander reports.  He says police will be needed for "traffic offenses" and tows are requested for two full-size pickup trucks.

Three-car accident reported in front of Darien Fire Hall

By Howard B. Owens

A three-car motor vehicle accident is reported in the area of 10537 Alleghany Road, Darien, which is right by the Darien Fire Hall.

At least one injury is reported.

Darien Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 11:48 p.m.: Minor injuries and very minor damage to vehicles. The vehicles were moved off to the side of the road.

Accident reported on South Lake Road, Pavilion

By Howard B. Owens

A vehicle and a semi-truck are turned over in the area of 10386 South Street Road, Pavilion.

Possible series injury.

Mercy Flight out of Buffalo on in-air standby.

At least one person is entrapped in the vehicle.

Pavilion Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched. Mutual aid from Le Roy Fire requested.

UPDATE 2:32 p.m.: A first responder on scene reports there is no entrapment.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m.: Le Roy Fire can stand by in quarters.

UPDATE 2:37 p.m.: Mercy Flight can go back in service.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m.: All Mercy ambulances can go back in service. Le Roy Ambulance will handle the scene.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: DEC has been notified. Unknown if they're going to respond. The scene commander reports 100 to 150 gallons of diesel fuel on the ground between the two saddle tanks.

Dispatchers receive iPhone crash indicator on Thruway

By Howard B. Owens

Dispatchers have received an iPhone crash indicator on the Thruway in the area of 379.4 in the eastbound lane.

There is no voice contact.  No answer on callback.

Le Roy Fire and Le Roy Ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: It doesn't look like a crash. A vehicle is on the shoulder with its four-ways on. Two men are out of the vehicle, walking.  The ambulance is canceled.

UPDATE 7:29 p.m.: The occupants had apparently lost a phone.  They found it.  Le Roy Fire is back in service.

Pole struck by vehicle on North Bergen Road, Byron

By Howard B. Owens

A motor vehicle has struck a utility pole in the area of 6591 North Bergen Road, Byron.

The pole is sheared and behind held up by wires, but there are also wires down in the roadway.

No report on injuries.

Byron and South Byron fire departments, along with Mercy EMS, dispatched.

UPDATE 6:32 p.m.: Mutual aid requested from Bergen Fire.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Responders can slow to non-emergency, a chief on scene tells dispatchers. National Grid requested to the scene.

UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Patient is expected to be a sign-off. He seems to have "a very, very minor injury on his wrist."

UPDATE 6:42 p.m.: Bergen Fire is re-routing from Byron's call to a report of wires down in the village, between Rochester Street and the library.

UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: On the call in Bergen: The lines down appear to be communication lines. Spectrum to be notified. Bergen Electric does not need to respond.

Sheriff's Office identifies Batavia woman killed in head-on collision in Pembroke

By Howard B. Owens

A 34-year-old Batavia woman died Thursday afternoon at the scene of a head-on collision on Route 5 in Pembroke.

When patrols arrived on scene after the crash was reported at 3:38 p.m., they determined Nikki Stonebraker, who was driving a 2007 Ford Freestyle, was deceased.  Coroner Karen Lang later pronounced her dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation, according to the Sheriff's Office, indicates that Stonebraker's vehicle was eastbound and crossed over the yellow line and struck a 2013 Dodge Caravan.

There was a driver and passenger in the Caravan, and the Sheriff's Office did not provide their identities.  They were transported to Erie County Medical Center with severe injuries.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. 

Assisting at the scene were State Police, Emergency Management, Pembroke Fire, Indian Falls Fire, East Pembroke Fire, Corfu Fire, and Mercy EMS.

Previously: Head-on collision reported on Route 5 in Pembroke

Head-on collision reported on Route 5 in Pembroke

By Howard B. Owens

A head-on collision is reported in the area of 1410 Main Road, Pembroke.

Extrication will be required on two vehicles.  There are four patients, one with possible serious injuries.

Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments dispatched with mutual aid from East Pembroke.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Checking the availability of Mercy Flight.  Traffic is being closed in both directions, with roadblocks at Route 5 and 77 and Boyce Road and 77.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: Mercy Flight is unavailable.

UPDATE 3:48 p.m.: Corfu requested to break away at least one engine and some manpower from its wires-down scene to assist with extrication. An additional ambulance requested to the scene. 

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: The first victim is extricated.

UPDATE 4:07 p.m.: Victim two is extricated.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: There was a fatality in this accident.  The Sheriff's Office will release more information once family notifications are completed.

Accident reported on Lewiston Road, Oakfield

By Howard B. Owens

A motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported at Lewiston Road and Fisher Road in Oakfield.

Oakfield Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 4:17 p.m.: A chief on scene reports the southbound lane blocked by one vehicle. Two vehicles involved. One injury. "Minor" extrication needed.

UPDATE 4:19 p.m.: MInor injury.

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