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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SANBORN — Traffic is back to normal after a crash scene has been cleared on Route 31 in Sanborn.

The road was closed to traffic between Route 429 and Baer Road around 1:40 p.m., following the crash.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, a westbound vehicle on Route 31 struck a road sign at Campbell Boulevard and continued westbound without stopping. A few minutes later, the vehicle was in a head-on two-vehicle collision on Route 31 near Baer Road.

Investigation reveals, the earlier involved vehicle, a gray 2005 Toyota Camry, had crossed over into the eastbound lane of traffic, striking a 2006 Kia Optima. Witnesses described the Toyota as being operated recklessly. The operator of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the Kia was extricated extricated from his vehicle by Sanborn Fire Company and then flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of several fractures.

Investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Unit.

The New York State Department of Transportation had said the road could be closed for up to six hours, but it cleared in a little over three hours.

NOTE: Story updated at 5:29 p.m. with details of the crash.

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