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September 29, 2008

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT: I-290 crash kills 2 early Sunday

Two people are dead after a car headed the wrong way in the eastbound lane of I-290 early Sunday morning collided head-on with another driver.

Police have not released names, but a 30-year-old Amherst man who was driving west in the eastbound lanes collided with a 38-year-old woman at about 4:20 a.m., killing both of them.

Minor injuries were reported for occupants of four other vehicles involved in the crash, according to Officer Gary Adamek, with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Police closed down a section of the highway eastbound from Elmwood Avenue to Niagara Falls Boulevard for several hours following the wreck, the specific cause of which is still under investigation.

The man and woman who were killed were each driving alone.

“It is always rare when you see that happen,” Adamek said. “They’ll do toxicology and, like I said, it’s a continuing investigation.”

After closing the section of roadway, police took photographs and worked to recreate the likely series of events that led to the wreckage. Police believe the driver headed the wrong way may have traveled that way past more than a couple of interchanges, possibly having entered the highway somewhere in Amherst.

Autopsies are scheduled Monday at Erie County Medical Center. Toxicology results typically take about two weeks before being released.

No arrests have been made or other charges leveled for those who survived the incident at this time.

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