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Thruway Crash Kills Two Buffalo-Area Children

SUV Overturns; Children Ejected

April 17, 2017 - 11:30 am

(WBEN) Two children reportedly from the Buffalo area have been killed in a crash along the thruway in Ontario County

 The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of the Thruway between exits 42 and 43, the Manchester/Palmyra and Geneva exits when a Nissan Pathfinder overturned. 

Two children, ages 9 and 11, had been ejected from the SUV and were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Their names have not been made public but WHAM and WIVB-TV are both citing police who say the deceased were from Buffalo.

The driver of the vehicle, an unidentified man, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and is in critical condition, police said. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. 

Troopers were  looking for a second vehicle that wasn't involved in the initial crash, but may have unknowingly struck one of the children. The Honda Troopers say they were looking for has been located and investigators interviewed the operator and no charges will be filed.

The Thruway's westbound lanes in the area were closed for several hours. They reopened around 12:30pm. 

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