Two drivers hurt in two-car rollover crash on Union Road

Bellevue and South Line firefighters rescue two drivers from these overturned vehicles the evening of August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Bellevue and South Line firefighters rescue two drivers from these overturned vehicles the evening of August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A two-car rollover crash sent two people the hospital early Monday evening.

The crash happened near the Tim Hortons on Union Road near Losson Road.  Two people, an 82-year-old man, and a 36-year-old woman had to be rescued by firefighters.

Two South Line firefighters slide a backboard into a Dodge Durango to help stabilize the driver. August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Two South Line firefighters slide a backboard into a Dodge Durango to help stabilize the driver. August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Cheektowaga resident Barbra Burlow was traveling northbound on Union Road.  She was making a quick trip to Dave’s Market for hard rolls so she could make dinner.

The 82-year-old man was driving a red car in front of Ms. Burlow.  When they crossed Losson Road she says he started to lose control of his car jumping the curb, driving over a lawn and becoming airborne.

“He went airborne and landed on her car. She was just waiting to get out, the crash tipped the car over and then he landed on his top,” said Ms. Burlow.

She says the 36-year-old woman just dropped off her daughter for her shift at Tim Hortons and was waiting to exit the lot onto Union Road.

“She came out crying saying, ‘It’s my fault, it’s my fault,’ I guess her mom just dropped her off for work.”

The woman was trapped in her Dodge Durango and the man was partially ejected from the car.

A Bellevue fireman and an Assistant Chief from Doyle 2 were not too far behind Ms. Burlow and started to treat the man according to Tony Filipski, Chief of the Bellevue Fire Company.

“We got her out by cutting the roof off. It looks to be right now fairly minor injuries. They both went to ECMC,” said Chief Filipski.

South Line firefighters assisted Bellevue at the scene.

Bellevue and South Line firefighters rescue two drivers from these overturned vehicles the evening of August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Bellevue and South Line firefighters rescue two drivers from these overturned vehicles the evening of August 21, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

“They have stabilization bars for cars that are turned over.  That’s something we don’t have so that’s why I called them right away,” added Mr. Filipski.

Union Road northbound was shut down at Losson Road while crews attended to the somewhat challenging scene.

“It’s unusual that you have two cars flipped over, so that was a bit of a challenge.  The traffic, the time of the day, a lot of people around, and the culvert, it was a little different than what we usually train on,” said Mr. Filipski.

Cheektowaga Police couldn’t say for sure what caused the crash as they just started their investigation.

As for Ms. Burlow, she was shaken up a little.  She phoned her husband to say that she was okay, she just witnessed the accident, and “Forget supper, I’m not making nothing.”