Mercy Flight landed in the backyard of my residence on the corner of RT 5 and Hopkins. Also, The mini-van struck a pick-up truck, not a semi. I hope everyone involved in this accident is or will be OK.
Head-on collision on Route 5, person ejected
Submitted by Billie Owens on February 25, 2012 - 1:07pm
A head-on collision with one person ejected from a vehicle is reported at Route 5 and Hopkins Road in the Town of Batavia. The person is semiconscious. Mercy Flight in Buffalo is called, but is not able to fly. The helicopter is Batavia is being contacted. Route 5 will be shut down at Wortendyke and Powers roads.
East Pembroke Fire Department and
State Police Sheriff's deputies are on scene. Mercy medics are responding. Town of Batavia Fire Department is called to provide mutual aid as this is in East Pembroke's fire district.
UPDATE 12:12 p.m.: There are five people involved. Two are children who appear to be OK but will need to be checked out. Two adults are able to walk. One is seriously hurt.
UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Ambulances from Oakfield and Darien are requested to the scene. They will be providing the third and fourth ambulances responding, respectively. A snow bank has been cleared to enable the Batavia Mercy Flight to fly. A landing zone is being set up in a yard on the southeast corner of Hopkins Road.
UPDATE 12:24 p.m.: The grass in the yard is too wet to land the helicopter, so it will land in the middle of the roadway on Route 5.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Because of safety issues, the helicopter will not being landing on Route 5. Instead, it is being directed to the paved back parking lot of a nearby building.
UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: Mercy Flight is on the ground.
UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne, headed to Erie County Medical Center with the seriously injured adult. Two
adults children are being taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Darien is going to UMMC with a 48-year-old male truck driver who's complaining of ankle pain and has "a brush burn on his nose." Preliminary indications are that the driver of a minivan lost control of the vehicle, which then crossed the center line and was struck head on by a semi pickup truck. An adult passenger in the pickup truck was uninjured.
UPDATE 2:07 p.m.: The roadways are reopened. East Pembroke is back in service.