Suspected overdose causes crash on Maryvale Drive

A tow truck from Kwitzer's Collision Service winches a car off an embankment along Maryvale Drive on May 15, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A tow truck from Kwitzer's Collision Service winches a car off an embankment along Maryvale Drive on May 15, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A suspected opiate overdose may have caused a driver to lose consciousness behind the wheel causing a one car crash Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. on Maryvale Drive between Pine Ridge Heritage Boulevard and Harlem Road.

It appears the driver lost consciousness while traveling eastbound on Maryvale.  The car crashed through a chain link fence, traveled up the embankment along the Kensington Expressway and came back down crashing through the fence again.

The Cheektowaga Police Blotter says an unresponsive man was found in the car by first responders and Narcan was later administered by American Medical Response.

Matthew Chowaniec, Chief of the Cleveland Hill Fire Department told Cheektowaga Chronicle that the driver was transported to Erie County Medical Center to be checked out.

Maryvale was closed to westbound traffic while crews attended to the scene.

Cheektowaga Police recorded an accident report and police report.