Treacherous Roads

Several Crashes Reported Throughout County As Snow Moves In

An SUV is pictured on its side off the westbound lane of Interstate 86 in Ellery. Troopers helped two occupants get out of the vehicle. Several crashes were reported throughout the county as snow moved into the area. Most of the crashes resulted in minor injuries. Photos by the New York State Police

Several crashes were reported throughout Chautauqua County on Wednesday as snow moved into the area. No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes, though police warned the public to use caution while driving on snow- and ice-covered roads.

Crews were called around 8 a.m. to the intersection of Bennett Road and Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk following a crash between an SUV and sedan. According to the New York State Police, a Ford Escape driven by Dunkirk resident Jeffrey Strauss attempted a left-hand turn onto the thruway. Strauss told troopers he misjudged the road due to glare from the road and turned into the path of a Chrysler 300 driven by Fredonia resident Susan Kurgan.

Strauss and Kurgan were both taken to Brooks TLC Hospital with minor injuries, Capt. Eric Balon of the New York State Police said.

Kiantone firefighters were called after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Kiantone Road near Riverside Road. Minor injuries were reported in the incident, Chautauqua County dispatchers said.

Sherman firefighters also responded to a crash Wednesday on Interstate 86. Shortly thereafter, around 11:30 a.m., Sinclairville and Gerry first responders were called to a car into a tree near 2642 Old Chautauqua Road.

Two people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries after a two-car crash early Wednesday at Bennett Road and Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk.

In Sheridan, a Jeep was damaged following a crash on Route 39. Troopers ticketed 20-year-old Heather E. Ruia of Forestville for traveling too fast for road conditions. Ruia was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries to her head and hands.

Around 2:45 p.m., troopers responded to the westbound lane of the interstate, near the Belleview overpass in Ellery, for a rollover accident. Balon said troopers helped two occupants out of the SUV. There were no injuries reported.

Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and souther Erie counties remain under a winter storm warning through this afternoon. Between 8 and 16 inches of snow was predicted to fall in certain areas, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said.