Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

March 28, 2013

Two killed in Wilson crash

BY BILL WOLCOTT
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — Two people were killed and a third injured in a three-vehicle accident on Wilson-Burt Road between Maple and Beebe roads just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Speed is being probed as a factor in the 3:48 p.m. accident, said Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies arriving on the scene found two victims— a man and a woman — still in their vehicles and unconscious. The driver of the third vehicle was alert and conscious.

Wilson and South Wilson volunteers responded to the scene. Mercy Flight was immediately requested, but that agency later reported it was unavailable to assist. Ambulances from Olcott and Miller Hose fire companies were then summoned to the scene.

Voutour said an eastbound pickup truck operated by a 58-year-old man from Ransomville rear-ended a car which was driven by a 58-year-old woman from Wilson. Both the car and the pickup traveled some 400 feet after impact.

The pickup then crossed to the other side of the road and slid into the driver’s side of a westbound vehicle, operated by a 69-year-old man from Wilson.

There was heavy back-end damage to the woman’s car and the driver’s side of the westbound vehicle was ripped apart. The pickup sustained heavy front end damage.

”It was a bad scene,” said Wilson Fire Chief Russ Jackman, an EMT. “There was debris from the vehicles spread about 150 feet and the road was not cleared until about 8 p.m.”

Wilson firefighters and personnel from the sheriff’s office removed the driver from the westbound car but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters from Wilson also removed the woman from her vehicle and transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital - Newfane where she was pronounced deceased.

According to Voutour, the driver of the pickup was talking to officers after the accident. He was also transported to ENH-Newfane to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff’s office said Wednesday night it won’t release the names of the victims until sometime this morning to give them time to notify family members and for the Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit to continue their investigation.

“The weather was fine at the time,” Voutour said. No charges were placed at the site of the accident, but the sheriff indicated that speeding may have been involved. The accident occurred on a straight stretch of road.

All three vehicles were occupied only by their drivers. There does not appear to be any alcohol or drug involvement on the part of any of the three drivers, the sheriff’s office reports.

The road was closed at Maple and Beebe roads, and the accident investigators from the Sheriff’s Office were on the scene until after sunset.