Car goes airborne before crashing into embankment

First responders attend to a crashed vehicle in an embankment along Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
First responders attend to a crashed vehicle in an embankment along Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – An N.F.T.A. police officer was involved in a crash while responding to assist Cheektowaga Police at the scene of a crash east of the airport.

The initial crash happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night along Genesee Street between Airborne Parkway and Holtz Drive.

Cheektowaga Police at the scene told Cheektowaga Chronicle that the driver was traveling westbound on Genesee Street when the car crossed over the opposite lanes of traffic, hit a curb and became airborne.  The car hit an embankment possibly rolling over and came to rest along a set of inactive railroad tracks.

Hy-View firefighters work to rescue the driver of a crashed vehicle in an embankment along Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Hy-View firefighters work to rescue the driver of a crashed vehicle in an embankment along Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The full extent of the driver’s injuries is unknown.  Dan Hatfield, Chief of the Hy-View Fire Company said the victim was alert and talking when he was rescued by firefighters.

“Once he gets into the ambulance they’ll do a better assessment and determine what his injuries are and take him to the hospital and figure out what he needs to have done,” said Hatfield.

The victim was placed on a backboard and carried up the embankment to the ambulance’s stretcher.

He was transported to Erie County Medical Center by American Medical Response.

Police officers were seen talking measurements and photographs of the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

An N.F.T.A. police cruiser collided with another vehicle while responding to a crash on Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
An N.F.T.A. police cruiser collided with another vehicle while responding to a crash on Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

While responding to the crash an N.F.T.A. police cruiser collided with another vehicle in front of 4217 Genesee Street.  The Buffalo Airport Fire Department and U-Crest Fire Department attended to the scene.  One person was sent to Sisters Hospital. Another person went to Erie County Medical Center.

First responders attend to a crashed vehicle in an embankment along Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

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First responders attend to a crashed vehicle in an embankment along Genesee Street on April 25, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)