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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Former county legislator seriously hurt in Wyoming County crash that killed another person

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Former County Legislator Richard M. Rudolph of District #3 was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident this afternoon in Warsaw which left another person dead.

State Police responded to the accident, which occurred on Route 98 just south of the intersection with Lindsey Road in the Town of Attica, at about 2:30. They determined a vehicle operated by Terry J. O'Neill, 54, of Varysburg, was southbound, rounding a curve in the highway. The roadway was partially covered with windblown snow.

She lost control of her 1998 Buick LeSabre and went broadside, crossing into the northbound lane. A second vehicle operated by 88-year-old Rudolph, now of Akron, was northbound and could not take evasive action in time before striking O'Neill's vehicle directly broadside on the passenger side.

Both vehicles continued off the highway and came to rest in a field on the east shoulder.

Rudolph was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of chest abrasions and pain, but his injuries appear do not appear life threatening. O'Neill was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw by Attica Ambulance, suffering from severe head trauma and she succumbed to her injuries at approximately 4 p.m.

Troop A Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to assist with the investigation, which is continuing. Troopers were assisted by Attica and Varysburg Fire and Rescue personnel, Wyoming County Medic 80 and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Drifting snow and wind apparent cause of truck accident at Suicide Corners

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Accidents will happen. That certainly appeared to be the case last night at Suicide Corners after a tractor-trailer struck the home of Tom and Debbie Douglas.

The intersection has a reputation for being dangerous. But it appears that none of the factors sometimes attributed to the intersection contributed to last night's crash.

Suicide Corners is the intersection of East Road and Route 20 in Bethany.

A year ago, the Douglases were worried the state would take their home to build a roundabout to improve traffic safety at the intersection, but community pressure helped convince the DOT to scuttle the plan.

It's been at least five years since there has been an accident at the intersection and more than a decade since the last fatal accident there.

Tom Douglas thinks improved signs and lighting have helped make the intersection safer and DOT is planning to add more safety enhancements this summer.

There was a moment at about 3:30 a.m. when he thought, "here we go again."

"We were asleep and we heard a big bang," Douglas said. "It didn't sound like a car wreck and the house just shook a lot. I thought a tree had come down. It was windy last night. I looked out the window and I saw the car lights. I saw the driver looking under the truck, almost like he'd hit another car, so I yelled out to him and he said no. When I came downstairs it was like, 'wow! what a mess.' "

The truck knocked a hole in the living room wall, pushing a couch well into the room and sending debris flying.

Douglas said the driver was pulling an empty trailer. The south blowing wind had caused a great deal of snow to pile up on Route 20 on the hill west of the Douglas residence. The empty box, the wind and the snow caused the truck to jackknife. The truck actually hit the house at an angle, and with the impact of the cab, the trailer whipped around to the east, pulling the cab back toward Route 20.

Nobody was injured in the accident.

Top photo: Douglas explains what happened to his house when the truck hit it. Pictures below provided by Tom Douglas.

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Accident with injuries at North Byron and Searls roads

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A two-car accident with injuries that is blocking traffic is reported at the intersection of North Byron and Searls roads. Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding along with Mercy medics.

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:44 am

Semi rollover on Route 63, no injuries but traffic blocked

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A tractor-trailer is on its side on Ellicott Street Road near Fargo Road. No injuries are reported but traffic is blocked. 

Traffic being shut down at East Road and at Texaco Town. 

Bethany and Stafford fire departments responding. Pavilion handling traffic at Texaco Town. 

It will be an hour before a heavy wrecker is on scene to right the truck.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Injury accident reported on Pringle Avenue, Batavia

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An accident, possiblly with injuries, is reported in the area of 25 Pringle Ave., Batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m.: City fire is back in service.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

Person struck by car at State and Lewis

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A person has been struck by a car at the intersection of State Street and Lewis Place, Batavia.

City fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 8:05 a.m.: Patient transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS. City fire back in service.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Car reportedly hits pole in Bergen, causing power outage

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A car vs. pole accident is reported in the area of 6520 N. Lake Road, Bergen.

Unknown injuries.

Power is out in the area.

Bergen fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 6:34 p.m.: Responders advised to use caution upon approach. Possible pole and wires down.

UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Chief on scene. One vehicle off the road.

UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: The car missed the pole, but hit the guy wire. Power is out in the area. No injuries. The chief says the assignment can be held to just him. No need for fire or EMS.

UPDATE 6:39 p.m.: The pole is the responsibility of Bergen Electric.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Bergen chief back in service. Scene turned over to law enforcement.

Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Two-car accident with minor injuries reported on Bank Street Road

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A two-car minor injury accident is reported in the area of 7939 Bank Street Road, Batavia.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS responding.

A responding chief warns of icy and drifting snow conditions.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Two patient sign-offs. "We have more of a traffic problem than anything else," reports a chief. One vehicle will need a tow.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

Batavia man dies in head-on collision in Canandaigua

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A Batavia man was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on crash in Canandaigua at 2:54 p.m. yesterday, after another driver reportedly suffered a medical condition, causing him to black out.

Barry E. Scutt, 57, of 17 Vernon Ave., Batavia, was driving a 2007 Ford Focus westbound on Route 5 just west of Cooley Road, when his car was struck head-on by a 2006 Honda Ridgeline driven by Steven A. Kloos, 68, of 6034 Grimble Road, Canandaigua.

Witnesses reported seeing the Honda leave the roadway on the westbound shoulder and strike a mailbox and road sign. Calls were made to 9-1-1 reporting a reckless driver. The car then continued westbound in the wrong lane for about one mile before colliding with Scutt's vehicle.

Scutt's Ford Focus suffered heavy damage and members of the Cheshire and East Bloomfield fire departments performed an extrication.

Scutt was wearing a seat belt and his air bag did deploy.

He suffered head and chest injuries, which appear to be the cause of his death, according to the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.

Kloos was not wearing a seat belt, but his air bag did deploy. He suffered chest, pelvis and leg injuries.

He was extricated by firefighters and after being treated at the scene by medics from Canandaigua and Fingerlakes Ambulance he was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Kloos was cited for failure to keep right, reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Accident with injuries reported on Keeney Road, Le Roy

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A car has reportedly hit a tree in the area of 8786 Keeney Road, Le Roy.

Injuries are reported.

Le Roy fire and Mercy EMS responding. Le Roy Ambulance is tied up. Bergen's ambulance requested to stage in quarters.

UPDATE 10:45 p.m.: Dispatchers are informed everyone is out of the vehicle. A Le Roy chief has just arrived on scene.

UPDATE 10:46 p.m.: A chief on scene reports the assignment can be held to one Le Roy engine and Mercy EMS. He requests notification of Monroe County Water. The car is on the hydrant.

UPDATE 10:50 p.m.: A chief reports they won't know if the hydrant is damaged until the car is removed from on top of it.

UPDATE 10:52 p.m.: One person from the car reports neck pain. The other two occupants report no injuries.

UPDATE 11:19 p.m.: A chief has requested the Le Roy Ambulance respond in emergency mode for a victim from the accident with a head injury.

UPDATE 11:22 p.m.: The vehicle is off the hydrant. No apparent damage.

UPDATE 11:35 p.m.: Le Roy is back in service.

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