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September 24, 2011

Wrong-way crash kills one

Town man dies after three-car collision

TOWN OF TONAWANDA — A 54-year-old town man was killed Friday night when he drove his Chevrolet Corvette the wrong way up an off-ramp onto the Youngmann Expressway, causing a three-car collision.

Town police did not release the man’s name because they were still notifying next-of-kin Saturday. Brighton Volunteer Fire Co. firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate the man, who was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to unidentified injuries, according to police.

A driver in the car the victim struck head-on was also hospitalized but has since been released. No one in the third car was reported injured.

The accident was first reported shortly before 9 p.m. Friday by a City of Tonawanda officer who had executed an unrelated traffic stop on Colvin and saw the crash, which took place on the eastbound Colvin exit ramp. The Corvette drove the wrong way up the ramp, striking an oncoming vehicle before slamming into a guard rail, witnesses at the scene said. Upon impact, the front of the car slid underneath the guard rail, pinning the driver inside.

Town of Tonawanda police said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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