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Brocton woman dies in Thursday crash

OBSERVER Photos by Natasha Matteliano

A Brocton woman died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said its investigation into the collision remained ongoing. Volunteer firefighters from Sheridan were called at about 2 p.m. to the intersection of South Roberts and Center roads for a report of a crash involving a sedan and propane truck.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said Henrietta Graziano, 85, was east on South Roberts Road when she reportedly failed to see a northbound tanker approaching on Center Road. The tanker, hauling propane and being operated by a 52-year-old Dunkirk man, struck the sedan at the intersection. The tanker overturned and came to rest on its side after the collision.

Graziano was airlifted to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., where she was later pronounced dead, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday. The driver of the tanker was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk; the severity of his injuries was not reported.

Members of the Chautauqua County Hazmat team responded to the intersection for a reported spill. South Roberts and Center roads near the accident were closed to traffic so the vehicles could be removed.

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