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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

Six people injured in accident on Route 77 at Indian Falls Road

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An 18-year-old driver is accused of failing to yield to another vehicle at the intersection of Route 77 and Indian Falls Road, leading to an accident that sent six people to area hospitals, two via Mercy Flight.

The accident was reported at 11:22 p.m., Monday, and Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments responded along with an ambulances from Darien, Akron and Mercy EMS.

Mercy Flight 5 and Mercy Flight 7 were dispatched to the scene.

Three patients were airlifted to Erie County Medical Center: Jeremy W. Myrick, the driver of the first vehicle, and Jacob N. Lekopites, 17, a passenger in Myrick's 1991 Pontiac sedan.

Myrick, of Maryvale Drive, Cheektawaga, was cited for alleged failure to yield.

According to the accident investigation report prepared by Deputy Jason Saile, Myrick was westbound on Indian Falls Road when he pulled onto Route 77 in front of a northbound vehicle.

Driving north was Ocie Bennett Jr., 36, of West State Street, Albion. In the 2005 Ford SUV with Bennett was Patricia Smith, 54.

Both Bennett and Smith were transported to the hospital in Medina.

Two other passengers in Myrick's vehicle, Coty L. Kimmel and Adam G. Woodworth, both 18, were transported to UMMC.

Myrick is listed in fair condition at ECMC. Lekopites was treated and released.

(Initial report)

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Serious injury accident reported on Route 77, Indian Falls

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A serious injury motor-vehicle accident has been reported at Route 77 and Indian Falls Road, Pembroke.

Pembroke and Indian Falls responding.

Mercy Flight requested to the scene.

Corfu Fire Department requested to the scene to set up a landing zone.

Darien ambulance requested to the scene, mutual aid.

UPDATE 11:37 p.m.: A total of three ground ambulances along with Mercy Flight requested to the scene. All victims extricated.

UPDATE 11:39 p.m.: Route 77 northbound being shutdown at the Thruway interchange.

UPDATE 11:42 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5, five minute ETA.

UPDATE 11:44 p.m.: Mercy Flight 7 requested to the scene. Darien, Mercy EMS and Akron ambulances in route. A total of five victims. Mercy Flight 5 is in sight of the ground contact.

UPDATE 11:49 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5 has landed.

UPDATE 11:52 p.m.: Mercy Flight 7, 12 to 15 minute ETA.

UPDATE 11:56 p.m.: Both vehicles are about 50 feet off the roadway. One is on its roof. The other has heavy front-end damage.

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: Darien ambulance transporting one to UMMC.

UPDATE 12:05 a.m.: Mercy Flight 7 on the ground.

UPDATE 12:11 a.m.: Akron in route to Medina with two patients.

UPDATE 12:31 a.m.: Corfu back in service.

UPDATE 12:43 a.m.: Pembroke and Indian Falls back in service. Route 77 reopening.

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Batavia man in stable condition after rollover accident near GCC

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A Batavia man was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center today where he is in stable condition following an accident at 1:24 p.m. on R. Stephen Hawley Drive.

Joseph C. Wenzel Jr., 54, of Thorpe Street, Batavia, told investigators that as he was heading east, he swerved to avoid a small animal, possibly a possum, in the roadway.

An investigation by Deputy Jonathan Szumigala indicates that Wenzel's 1990 Chevy Van went off the south shoulder and then Wenzel over corrected causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

The van struck a fire hydrant and overturned, pinning Wenzel inside.

Town of Batavia volunteers responded and cut the windshield out of the van so Mercy medics could gain access to the patient. Firefighters then cut the roof off the van to extricate Wenzel.

Wenzel may have suffered a head injury, but he was also taken by Mercy Flight to a trauma center as a precaution in case of internal injuries.

Szumigala indicated on his report that possible traffic citations are pending.

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

Lack of signal before U-turn blamed on accident in Le Roy

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A driver is accused of making an abrupt U-turn, leading to a minor-injury accident at 7:23 p.m., Wednesday, on Route 19 in Le Roy.

Injured was June S. Wood, 58, of Pavilion.

Wood was cited for allegedly making a turn without a signal.

The other driver, Jack E. Benson, also of Pavilion, was not injured.

Wood was reportedly southbound on Route 19 when she allegedly tried to make a U-turn without signaling. Benson reportedly tried to swerve into the northbound lane to avoid striking Wood's car, but a collision ensued.

Wood did not require transport to a hospital.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Matthew Fleming.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

One vehicle rollover reported on Thruway

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A one-vehicle rollover accident has been reported in the westbound lane of the Thruway near mile marker 398.2.

No word on injuries.

East Pembroke Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 10:03 p.m.: Two vehicle occupants are out of the car and walking, being evaluated for injuries.

Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Motorcycle accident with a man down reported on South Street Road

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A motorcycle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 10038 South St. Road, Pavilion, between Black Street Road and Route 20.

The rider is reportedly down on the road. A caller reports he is breathing and trying to move, but she told him to stay down.

Pavilion Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: A deputy on scene requests Pavilion fire police to an area south of the accident to slow down traffic. He said, "we're on the reverse side of a hill."

UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: Mercy Flight on ground standby.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m.: Mercy Flight to the scene. Traffic being stopped on South Street Road from the north.

UPDATE: 5:31 p.m.: Mercy Flight 5 in route. Five minute ETA.

UPDATE: 5:36 p.m.: Mercy Flight on the ground.

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Two-car accident with possible head injury reported on the Thruway

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A two-car accident with one person possibly suffering a head injury is reported in the eastbound lane of the Thruway in the area of mile marker 386.8.

Town of Batavia Fire responding. Mercy EMS on scene.

Mercy Flight on standby.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.: No update on injuries. Town of Batavia assignment being held to equipment on scene.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: Two patients going to Strong and two going to UMMC, all by ground ambulance.

Friday, April 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Two-car accident on westbound Thruway

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A two-car accident with at least one injury is reported on the westbound Thruway at mile marker 400.3. Pembroke and Indian Falls fire departments are responding along with Mercy EMS. The location is east of exit 77 before the turnaround.

UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: Traffic is stopped in the right-hand westbound land and is backing up. There's heavy damage to a sedan involed in the accident. A responder's vehicle was sideswiped, damage not yet determined, by an eastbound Chevy green Silverado, but he is able to continue to the scene.

UPDATE 12:07: There may possibly be a language barrier between the responders and an injured person.

UPDATE 12:52: The firefighters are back in service. The responder whose vehicle was sideswiped says there's no damage to his vehicle, but he noticed when the Silverado went passed that it had a broken side mirror.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

Batavia man seriously hurt in accident in Wyoming County

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A Batavia man is out of the hospital following a serious injury motor vehicle accident Friday on Route 77 in Sheldon.

Donald Rebmann, age not released, was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight with a head injury following the 4:46 p.m. accident.

According to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, another driver, Milesh Modi, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was eastbound on Centerline Road when he allegedly failed to yield to a vehicle driven by Rebmann, who was northbound on Route 77.

Hetal Modi, a passenger with Milesh Modi, was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC for back injuries.

A passenger in Rebmann's vehicle, Norman Rebmann, was transported by ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Milesh Modi was taken by North Java Ambulance to WCCH for treatment of facial injuries.

Modi was issued a citation for alleged failure to yield.

The accident was investigated by Deputy John Button of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

One vehicle rollover reported on Byron Stafford Road, Stafford

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A rollover accident with unknown injuries is reported in the area of 8100 Byron Stafford Road, Stafford.

Responders are advised to use caution on approach. Bridges on the east side of the county are reported to be icy this morning.

Stafford Fire Department and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 7:29 a.m.: Vehicle is on its side in the roadway. The roadway is blocked. The bridge is iced over. Mercy EMS asked to respond as a precaution. The driver is out of the vehicle.


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