SHERIDAN - A serious two-vehicle accident occurred during white-out conditions on Route 5 Wednesday when a truck carrying welding supply tanks collided with an automobile.
Sheridan Fire Department First Assistant Chief Mike Keddie said the accident happened around 9:30 a.m.
"The woman was trapped in her vehicle for about an hour," he said. "She was flown out to a hospital with serious injuries."
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A truck carrying welding supply tanks collided with an automobile during whiteout conditions on Route 5. The woman in the car was trapped and had a lengthy extrication. Assistance with the extrication came from Thruway Super Service which provided two wreckers, Sheridan Fire Department and three Alstar ambulance crews, including a flight team. New York State Police troopers are investigating.
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Area motorists had to battle blizzard conditions on roadways Wednesday.
The drivers' names have not been released. The driver of the truck was uninjured. The woman was flown to a Buffalo area hospital.
"The woman went head-on with the truck," Keddie said. "The roads are really slick so this was due to weather conditions; no one was at fault."
"We pulled the hose just as a precaution but there was no fire," Keddie added.
Assistance with the extrication came from Thruway Super Service, which provided two wreckers. Sheridan Fire Department and three Alstar ambulance crews, including a flight team, were on scene.
New York State Police troopers are investigating, including a unit from the New York State Department of Transportation Police.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department said there have been several minor accidents in the county.
Dunkirk and Fredonia Police Departments reported no accidents, but Fredonia State Police said there were several minor accidents.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department reported there were up to 25 accidents reported in the county and driving conditions were bad everywhere. The Erie County Sheriff's Department reported there were several minor accidents.