Trooper, Motorist Sustain Minor Injuries In Crash

NORTH HARMONY — A New York State trooper and a motorist he was helping sustained minor injuries after the trooper’s vehicle was struck on Interstate 86 on Thursday in the town of North Harmony.

The trooper, who was not identified, was assisting 22-year-old Heather Ames after she was in a property damage accident in the eastbound lane of the Southern Tier Expressway. Ames and the trooper were in the trooper’s vehicle — which had its lights on and parked on the side of the road — when it was struck by another vehicle.

Courtney Comstock, 25, told police she saw the crash ahead when she attempted to break and lost control of her 2015 Dodge sedan in the slush-covered road. Comstock’s vehicle struck a guardrail and into the trooper’s vehicle.

Ames and the trooper were transported to UPMC Chautauqua WCA for minor injuries and later released, Capt. Eric Balon of the New York State Police told reporters.

Comstock was not injured in the crash. She was issued a ticket for speed not reasonable for road conditions.

In Sheridan, first responders were called to a roll-over crash around 10:40 a.m. on Chapin Road. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies said 83-year-old Joanne T. Martin, of Silver Creek, sustained a medical emergency at the time her vehicle went off the road and rolled onto its roof.

Martin was transported to Lake Shore Hospital with undisclosed injuries. No further information regarding the crash was immediately available.

Elsewhere, a fuel truck caught fire on Airport Drive in the town of Ellicott around 10 a.m. after the vehicle’s brakes became too hot. Ted Macri Jr., second assistant chief with the Fluvanna Fire Department, said the driver of the fuel truck was not aware of the brake issue until smoke “started rolling from under the truck on the driver’s side.”

Macri said firefighters were able to douse the fire quickly before it could spread. “We were able to keep it under control until we could get an engine up there,” he said.

No injuries were reported.

Fluvanna fire crews were already responding to a motor vehicle crash elsewhere within the district when the fire was reported, Macri said.

Firefighters were also summoned near the area of Bemus-Ellery Road for a vehicle in a ditch with its occupants unable to get out. Another crash was reported on Route 60; Sinclairville and Gerry firefighters were called after one person was said to have an arm injury.

A vehicle roll-over was reported around 11 a.m. on Lawson Road in the town of Busti. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Ashville and Sherman firefighters were called to I-86 at 11:05 a.m. for a crash in the eastbound lane. One person requested an evaluation.