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Crash involves trooper

Photo submitted by Teri Whitney This is the van that was involved in Monday's accident.

OBSERVER Staff Report

SHERIDAN — Two helicopters were summoned and serious injuries were reported following a collision Monday afternoon between a New York state trooper and mini-van.

Few details were released regarding the crash that occurred in the westbound lane of Interstate 90. The collision was between the Dunkirk and Silver Creek exits on the thruway.

The SUV had five occupants inside and appeared to have been struck from behind by the state police vehicle.

In a press release, state police said the investigation remained ongoing Monday night. Both westbound lanes were closed at the Silver Creek exit to allow two helicopters to land. The lanes remained closed for several hours as investigators remained on scene.

OBSERVER Photo by M.J. Stafford

It’s not clear who was transported by helicopter to the hospital or what their status was as of press time. Several ambulances also responded to the scene.

Traffic was backed up for “several miles” on the thruway due to the crash.

A call to the New York State Police Thruway barracks was not returned.

Photo submitted by Teri Whitney

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