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August 4, 2013 - 10:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

A 16-year-old Pembroke resident is in critical condition this morning at Erie County Medical Center following an ATV accident in the Village of Corfu last night.

Benjamin L. Falker was riding a 2012 Polaris Sportsman 500 on West Main Street when he attempted to enter the sidewalk south of Prospect Street. He lost control and struck a row of bushes and the four-wheeler flipped over and he was ejected. 

The ATV struck a utility pole and came to rest in an upright position. 

Benjamin, the sole occupant of the ATV, sustained a head injury and was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

The investigation is continuing and charges may be pending.

Investigating the accident are Deputy Jason Saile, Sgt. William Scott of the Crash Management Team, Investigator Timothy Weis, Sgt. Brian Frieday and Officer Rich Retzlaf of the Corfu PD.

Assisting at the scene was the Corfu Fire Department and Mercy EMS.

(Initial Report)

August 3, 2013 - 11:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, corfu.

A four-wheeler has hit a utility pole in the area of 29 W. Main St., Corfu, near the corner of Prospect Street.

A person is injured. Mercy Flight requested to the scene. A landing scene will be set up at the Corfu Fire Hall.

UPDATE 11:20 p.m.: The patient is seriously injured.

UPDATE 11:24 p.m.: The landing zone is being switched to the area behind the primary school.

UPDATE 11:30 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on the ground.

UPDATE Midnight: Patient transported to ECMC.

August 2, 2013 - 2:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, accident, Alabama.

An ATV rider with two broken legs who spent at least eight hours lying in a ditch by the side of Meadville Road, Basom, before being found by another person remains hospitalized.

Arlyn L. Jonathan, 34, of Shanks Road, Alabama, was reportedly driving an ATV on Meadeville Road at 1 a.m., Thursday, when he lost control and went off the roadway.

As the ATV flipped over, Jonathan was ejected and struck a tree. His ATV struck another tree.

He apparently had no means of communication and wasn't found until about 8 a.m.

Alabama Fire Department respond to the scene and Jonathan was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

A hospital staff member said Jonathan remains hospitalized but his condition is not listed on his records.

Deputy Lonnie Nati investigated the accident and reported the cause as "unsafe speed." He did not report any citations being issued.

August 1, 2013 - 8:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Basom, accident, Alabama.

Alabama Fire Department is responding to a motor-vehicle accident on Meadville Road where the driver reportedly has a broken leg and says his vehicle has been stuck in a ditch for eight hours.

Mercy Flight 5 out of Batavia requested to the scene.

July 28, 2013 - 10:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama.

A minor-injury accident is reported on Ledge Road, near Route 77, Alabama, with a pole and wires down.

A woman has cuts on her neck.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: The pole is reportedly laying across the roadway.

July 22, 2013 - 8:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Bethany.

A tractor-trailer attempting a U-turn on Bethany Center Road in Bethany Center hit a utility pole, snapping the pole.

Power lines and telephone lines are down.

One lane of Bethany Center is closed.

National Grid and Bethany fire requested to the scene.

July 20, 2013 - 3:23pm
posted by Timothy Walton in accident, buffalo bills, Livingston County, Memorial, NBA, Dustin Zito.

If you have been on twitter lately, chances are you have seen the abundance of tweets using the hashtag #RondoForCMstrong (RajonRondo for Cal-Mum Strong). The tweet, started in Cal-Mum to honor one of the recent victims of the tragic car accident, that killed three young adults and injured two others is trending in the Buffalo and Rochester area. 

Emily Peterson, 17, passed away yesterday at Strong Memorial and was the third victim of the crash. Peterson along with the other accident victims were returning home after volunteering for a summer school program at BOCES in Batavia.

Her friends and family took to twitter in an attempt to get her favorite athlete, Rajon Rondo, of the Boston Celtics, to tweet for her. Many have also reached out to ESPN, NBA and other athletes to help get the tweet trending nationwide.

To the friends and family it means alot, a friend said.

"We all thought that it could never happen and never would have but its just taken off to something so unbelievable." said Seth Meyers, a friend of Emily. "Rondo was Emily's favorite player. I can't even explain how many times she talked about him and supported him."

Since the tweets began, Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo, has not only seen the tweet, but dedicated a tweet to it as well. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson, MTV and VH1 reality star Dustin Zito and many other residents and businesses throughout WNY have also joined in the trend.

July 16, 2013 - 4:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

Two people were killed and three seriously injured in Wheatland today when the SUV they were in collided with a tractor-trailer at North Road and Riga Mumford Road.

The five people were returning home in a 1995 Jeep Wrangler after working as volunteers at a camp in Batavia for children with special needs.

The two people who died are identified by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as Taylor Binnert, 21, and Christopher Peterson, 20.

The three rear seat passengers were seriously injured and transported to Strong. They are Emily Peterson, 17, Michaela Murphy, 17, and Joanne Krutchen, 20.

For more on this developing story, visit WHAM13.com.

CORRECTION: The information provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was incorrect in one regard. The individuals involved were volunteers at a BOCES summer school program, not a camp.

July 8, 2013 - 8:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A 40-year-old truck driver from Batavia died today in an unusual accident in Rochester, according to State Police.

The victim has been identified as Shawn Wetmore.

According to WHAM-13, Wetmore was driving a box truck southbound on I-590 when a tanker truck on a westbound overpass of the I-490 rolled off the bridge and tumbled on the Wetmore's cab.

Wetmore was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tanker driver, Daniel Baker, 25, of Wyoming, was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The cause of the accident, which was reported at 1 p.m., has not yet been determined.

Baker was hauling liquid food waste and some 8,000 gallons spilled at the scene.

According to a coworker, Wetmore leaves behind a wife and infant daughter.

The interchange was closed for several hours and portions are expected to remain closed until at least 10 p.m.

July 4, 2013 - 7:17pm
posted by Susan Kennelly in accident, East Avenue, Hit and Run.

July 4th accident on East Ave in Batavia.

July 3, 2013 - 4:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, pembroke, indian falls.

An ambulance is requested non-emergency to 1055 Sliker Road, Indian Falls, for a person with a possible head injury and cuts and abrasions following a hit-and-run accident at that location.

The patient is conscious and alert and needs to be evaluated.

No information available at this time on the suspect vehicle.

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July 2, 2013 - 4:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

Preliminary indications are that the driver of a black pickup involved in a crash this afternoon tried to pass a line of cars stopped behind a semi-truck waiting to make a left-hand turn off of Lewiston Road, Batavia, according to Sheriff's Sgt. James Meier. The pickup driver was not seriously injured.

When the semi driver started to make his turn the pickup driver swerved to get back into the northbound lane and slammed into the back of the trailer.

The semi driver continued his turn and stopped in the driveway of a pair of barns at that location, dragging the pickup truck with its three occupants off the roadway.

The cab of the pickup was smashed like an accordion but the driver is not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries. He was flown to ECMC by Mercy Flight. His two passengers were taken to ECMC by Mercy EMS.

The names of the people involved have not yet been released.

The accident is under investigation and charges are possible, Meier said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt.

Batavia fire and Oakfield fire responded to the scene to extricate the driver from the truck and control traffic.

Route 63 remained open during the incident.

UPDATE Wednesday, 7:58 a.m.: The pickup driver is identified as Devin J. Metz, 19, of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road, Batavia. His passengers were Andrew Howard, 17, and Cyle Howard, 20, and Jason Stanley, 20. Stanley was not injured. K.A. Quackenbush, 53, of Perry Road, Pavilion, was the truck driver. Metz was cited for alleged illegal passing on the left.

(Initial Report)

June 29, 2013 - 8:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car in Le Roy may have hit a pole. It may have it a car. It may have hit a house. Maybe all three.

Dispatchers have received several calls.

Wires are reportedly down in the area of North and Genesee streets.

No description yet on the vehicle, but it is apparently trying to leave the area.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m.: Chief on scene says live wires down and Maple Street needs to be shut down to traffic.

UPDATE 8:22 p.m.: LPD has car stopped in the area. One pole is down and another pole has wires off of it. National Grid requested to the scene.

UPDATE 8:29 p.m.: Stella's towing service requested to the scene. The car will need to be lifted up over a guy wire.

UPDATE 8:31 p.m.: National Grid has a 25-minute ETA.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m.: Car has been removed.

June 28, 2013 - 7:50pm
posted by Bob Harker in batavia, Announcements, accident, pembroke.

As many of you know, Henry Cook was seriously injured in a motorcycle/deer accident near Pembroke recently. Having the helm of a leading business in the Genesee County area, Henry, his company, and his sons have been in many of our homes "fixing whats broke".

Please join me in wishing Henry and his family a successful and speedy recovery.


June 28, 2013 - 11:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car, pedestrian accident is reported at Ellicott and Swan streets.

Batavia Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 11:42 a.m.: The accident involves an adult male complaining of leg and knee pain.

June 27, 2013 - 2:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Bethany.

A motor-vehicle accident, with no injuries, is reported at the intersection of Transit and East Bethany / Le Roy roads. It is blocking traffic. Fire police from Bethany are called to handle traffic.

The driver of a Chevy S-10 dark-colored, older model pickup is said to have forced another vehicle off the roadway and then left the scene. Law enforcement is looking for that vehicle. It did not have any damage.

UPDATE 2:17 p.m.: The fire response from Bethany is cancelled. A trooper on scene reports one lane is closed, the other is open and the scene has been mostly cleaned up. Tow(s) is in route.

June 17, 2013 - 7:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Pavilion.

Route 63 is closed in both directions near the county line in Pavilion for a motor-vehicle accident.

A person may have a neck injury.

Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS is on scene.

UPDATE 7:50 a.m.: One person transported to a hospital, another was a sign-off. Pavilion back in service.

June 7, 2013 - 11:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, fire, Le Roy, Stafford.

A young woman from Le Roy said she believes she fell asleep before her car went off the road on Route 5 in Stafford at 11:22 p.m., Thursday.

The 2003 Dodge sedan became fully engulfed in flames after hitting a mailbox and then an earth embankment.

Marisa B. Fox, 20, of South Street Road, Le Roy, suffered minor injuries in the accident, which was investigated by Deputy Frank Bordonaro.

No citations were issued.

Stafford Fire Department responded to the fire call and Mercy EMS assisted at the scene.

(Initial Report)

June 7, 2013 - 12:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident.

A tractor-trailer vs. minivan accident, unknown injuries, is reported at the intersection of Pearl Street Road and Wortendyke Road in the Town of Batavia. It's in East Pembroke's Fire District and they are responding along with Mercy medics. Mercy Flight is unavailable due to weather.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: A responder says one ambulance will suffice. There are three adults and three children requiring evaluation.

UPDATE 1:14 p.m.: A second ambulance is called to respond non-emergency. The address of the accident is 3276 Pearl Street Road. The tractor-trailer is off the road. The road was briefly closed and is reopened. The fire truck is returning to quarters and law enforcement is remaining on scene until the second ambulance arrives.

June 6, 2013 - 7:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in accident, Le Roy, bergen, I-490.

A car as reportedly struck a deer in the westbound lane of the I-490 near mile marker .06 and injuries are reported.

Le Roy fire and Bergen fire and ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 7:20 a.m.: Minor injuries at most.

UPDATE 7:21 a.m.: Fire apparatus response cancelled. Le Roy Ambulance can handle. Only bruising from airbags reported.

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