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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

Driver involved in Oakfield accident accused of driving under the influence

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A driver involved in an accident yesterday that sent one person to the hospital has been charged with driving under the influence of a drug.

Keith Allen Hackett, 48, of South Pearl Street, Oakfield, was also cited for alleged failure to yield right of way.

Hackett was reportedly parked at 80 South Pearl St. in the greenway at 1:30 p.m. when he pulled left into traffic to initiate a U-turn.

His 2003 Ford sedan was struck by a car driven by Shelly G. Bucci, 53, of Knowsville Road, Oakfield.

Bucci was transported to UMMC with minor injuries.

Her passenger, 84-year-old Lorraine E. Balduf, was uninjured.

The accident was investigated by Deputy Chris Parker.

(Initial Report)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

UPDATED: Two men from Genesee County reported killed in Thruway crash in Henrietta

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Two men from Genesee County are dead following a horrific multi-vehicle accident on the Thruway in Henrietta yesterday afternoon.

Trooper Jason Jones, PIO for Troop T, confirmed the two victims were from Genesee County, but said the State Police are not releasing the names pending notification of family members.

One victim was from Batavia, the other from Darien.

The accident was reported at 4:30 p.m. near Exit 46. Six vehicles were involved.

UPDATE July 1 (information from State Police press release): Killed in the accident were Michael F. Pehrson, 51, of Batavia, and Christopher M. Rheinheimer, 25, of Darien. They were pronounced dead at the scene after their pickup truck was struck head on by a commercial vehicle hauling a construction dumpster. That vehicle was traveling eastbound when it left its lane, crossed the center median, and traveled into westbound traffic, according to officials' preliminary investigation. State Troopers, Fire, EMS, and Thruway Authority personnel immediately responded to the scene. The operator of the commercial vehicle, Roger L. Labar, 51, of Prattsburgh, was transported to Strong Memorial Hosptial with non-life-threatening injuries. Seconds after the first collision, a westbound tractor-trailer hauling produce struck the damaged guide rail from the first collision, which punctured its fuel tank causing it to become fully engulfed in flames. The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 49-year-old man from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, quickly exited the vehicle and was uninjured. A fourth vehicle traveling behind the tractor-trailer struck debris in the road causing it to spin and be struck head on by a fifth vehicle. The operator of the fourth vehicle, a 70-year-old man from Canandaigua, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the fifth vehicle was uninjured. A sixth vehicle traveling westbound on I-90 struck debris causing damage to the vehicle only, no other injuries were reported. State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Collision Reconstruction Units responded to the scene and are handling the investigation. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets also responded to the scene to assist with the fuel fire and perishable cargo of the tractor-trailer. At this time, no charges have been filed against the commercial vehicle driver, and the investigation remains ongoing. All westbound traffic was diverted off the Thruway at Exit 45 (Victor) for the duration of the investigation at the scene.

Photos submitted by Mark Hough.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Motor-vehicle accident with unknown injuries reported on Route 98, Elba

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A motor-vehicle accident with unknown injuries is reported 7578 Oak Orchard Road, Elba.

Elba fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 6:52 p.m.: We didn't hear any more updates on this accident.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

Minor injury accident reported on Clinton Street Road

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A motor vehicle accident with three minor injuries is reported at 5038 Clinton Street Road near Stringham Drive, Batavia.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Law enforcement is on location.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: A second ambulance is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 12:19 p.m.: At least one patient was transported to UMMC. Town of Batavia assignment is back in service.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

Motorcyclist who struck deer still listed in critical condition at ECMC

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The motorcycle driver who hit a deer on Pearl Street Road early Monday morning remains in critical condition at ECMC.

Brandon L. Scott, 23, of Darien, was westbound when a deer entered the roadway ahead of him and the front wheel of his bike struck the hindquarter of the deer.

Scott was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

He was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC. 

Scott was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The investigation is being conducted by Deputy Andrew Hale, Deputy Frank Bordonaro and Sgt. Eric Seppala. Assisting at the scene were members of the East Pembroke Fire Department and the Town of Batavia Fire Department along with Mercy EMS.

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:51 am

Motorcyclist down on Pearl Street Road

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A motorcyclist is down in the roadway in the area of 3120 Pearl Street Road. A first responder reports possible serious injury.

East Pembroke and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Mercy Flight is dispatched. Three minute ETA.

UPDATE 5 a.m.: We didn't hear why, but Mercy Flight out of Olean is dispatched. Twenty-five minute ETA.

UPDATE: Mercy Flight has landed.

UPDATE 5:40 a.m.: Mercy Flight is airborne. Didn't hear its destination. The assignment is back in service.

UPDATE 6 a.m.: A motorcyclist was apparently westbound when it struck a deer. The point of impact was the deer's hindquarter. The front end of the Harley-Davidson was damaged. The rider's helmet showed signs of skidding. He was in and out of consciousness while being treated on scene. He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. Mercy Flight out of Batavia was not available this morning. The name of the rider has not yet been released. An eastbound motorist found the bike and the rider in the middle of the road and called emergency dispatchers.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm

No injuries in accident, but pole and wires down on Route 77

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There are reportedly no injuries, but there is a pole and wires down following an accident in the area of 6591 Alleghany Road, Alabama.

Alabama fire responding.

UPDATE 5:28 p.m.: There is now a report of injuries. Also, National Grid has been notified. The roadway is blocked.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Accident reported at Bank and Ross, Batavia

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A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported at Bank and Ross streets, Batavia.

Head and face injuries are reported.

City fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

Law enforcement on location.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Accident with injuries reported on West Main Street Road, Le Roy

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A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area 6852 W. Main Street Road, Le Roy.

Le Roy fire and Le Roy ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 9:08 p.m.: Mercy EMS also responding. Route 5 is being closed to eastbound traffic at Bater Road.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

Car hits pole in front of Burger King, Batavia

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A car vs. pole accident in reported in the area of 230 W. Main St., Batavia.

That's in the area of the Burger King.

A person reports a possible neck injury.

There are also fluid leaks.

Batavia PD is on scene.

Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

UPDATE 9:48 a.m.: A second ambulance is requested to the scene.

UPDATE 10:20 a.m.: Engine 11 is back in service.

The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying steel beams said he was eastbound on West Main when he noticed the driver of the sedan pulling out of the Burger King parking lot. He said he could see the driver looking right, but he never looked left. The truck driver saw that the car driver was going to pull out into traffic without stopping. The truck driver was able to pull over into the inside lane. Even with the evasive maneuver, the car still caught the rear tire of the truck, spinning it into the utility pole. The truck driver thinks the accident would have been much worse if he hadn't moved over.

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