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Car crash at North Byron and Log City roads, Elba

A serious injury, motor-vehicle accident is reported at North Byron and Log City roads in Elba. A car has plowed into a tree and the female driver is unconscious. Mercy Flight out of Buffalo is going to respond. Elba fire and Mercy medics are responding.

Fire police are called to the scene and to the juncture at North Byron and Strouts roads.

UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: Mercy Flight has a five-minute ETA.

UPDATE 5:03 p.m. Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 5:06 p.m.: The patient has been extricated. A crash team and investigator are called to the scene.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: Mercy Flight left the scene about 15 minutes ago.

UPDATE 6:24 p.m.: It's been confirmed with authorities that this was a fatal accident.

UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: The victim has been identified as 69-year-old Vincentia Smith, who was taken by Mercy EMS to UMMC where she was pronounced dead.

UPDATE 8:33 p.m. (by Howard): The cause of the accident remains undetermined at this time.  We'll post a fuller story on the accident later tonight or in the morning.

Steve Dow
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Those are pictures from a different wreck in the same place 1 year ago in which Linda Brown died! C'mon guys!

Howard Owens
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The pictures are from tonight.

Doug Yeomans
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Howard, if those pictures are recent, something odd is going on. They're the same photos from the wreck a year ago: http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/elba-woman-killed-when-car-strikes-t...

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I think the photos from last year and this year have the same file names. That could cause last years news report to display the incorrect images.

elbafatal.jpg and elbafatal-2.jpg. Try naming them by including a date in the file name, such as: elbafatal_01_110811.jpg and elbafatal_01_111612.jpg

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The pics from a year show 2 different cars. The video from last year on WBTA show the 3rd picture car which is not the same car in this report.

Howard Owens
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Inadvertently, I used the same file name for the photos for this accident as for the one last year. Last year's photos must have been over written by this year's.

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The other story has been corrected.

Doug Yeomans
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I'm a durned genius Smile

Howard Owens
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I never worry about name conflicts too much, but got caught on this one. Our old image upload system would automatically resolve name conflicts by renaming uploaded files on the fly. Sadly, that no longer happens.

Mary E DelPlato
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Sad. With all the safety features on todays vehicles still not safe enough...a twig could cause extensive damage

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