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Arkwright to contact county, state following ‘tragic’ crash

Arkwright town officials say they plan to contact the county and state regarding an intersection that was the site of a fatal, two-vehicle collision over the weekend.

“It’s tragic. It always is with something like this,” Arkwright town Supervisor Brian McAvoy said.

According to the New York State Police, South Dayton resident Linda A. Kraemer was a passenger in a 2018 Ford F-150 that was traveling west on Route 83 on Saturday when the truck was hit by a 2020 Chevrolet Trail Blazer. The sport utility vehicle was traveling south on Center Road when, according to the State Police, the driver “failed to stop at the stop sign” when it collided with the pickup.

Kraemer, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Randall J. Rolison, the operator of the Chevrolet, and two passengers in his vehicle were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Rolison, though, reportedly remained hospitalized as of Monday.

No charges have been announced.

The driver of the Ford F-150, identified by police as Gary A. Kraemer, was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. An update on his condition was not known.

On Monday, McAvoy and Lisa Waldron, Arkwright highway superintendent, addressed concerns with the intersection.

“The town supervisor and I were talking, and we’re going to reach out to the county and the state about putting a blinking light there on Route 83, and maybe some signs up too,” Waldron told the OBSERVER.

“It has been an issue in the past. There have been accidents there before,” Waldron added. “We’re going to do our best to do something about it.”

McAvoy agreed that the area has seen a handful of vehicle accidents, though he said most have been minor.

“We’re reaching out to the experts to see what can be done to make the area safer,” he said. “If that’s a light or signs or anything else, we’re all on board. … But it’s hard to say if signs would’ve made a difference. We’ll follow the advice of the experts, but at the end of the day, following the rules of the road is something everyone needs to do, especially at night on roads like this.”

Police, fire and EMS crews were alerted to the crash Saturday at about 10:40 p.m. at Route 83 and Center Road. Three medical helicopters were requested, and a portion of Route 83 was closed to traffic for several hours.

Firefighters from Forestville, Cassadaga, Silver Creek and Sheridan responded to Arkwright, as did Chautauqua County EMS, the county Fire Police Team, county coroner, the New York State Collision Reconstruction Team and State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

An investigation regarding the crash remains ongoing, the State Police said in a news release.

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