Rt. 5 crash involved 12 vehicles, 8 taken to hospital


SILVER CREEK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Twelve vehicles, including a sheriff deputy’s patrol car, were involved in a crash on Rt. 5 in Silver Creek Thursday afternoon.

A 3.8 mile stretch of Rt. 5 from Center Road to Central Avenue was closed to traffic in both directions between noon and 4 p.m. as investigators reconstructed what happened. It has since re-opened.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says extreme whiteout conditions led to the initial crash. In all, 18 people were involved in the crash and eight were taken to the hospital. The remaining 10 declined treatment.

Investigators work to determine the cause of the crash
Investigators work to determine the cause of the crash

A Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy and recruit in training were involved in the accident while attempting to stop traffic, but because of whiteout conditions, drivers did not see their emergency lights. Their vehicle was spun by a Mack truck and then T-boned by two other vehicles. The deputy and recruit were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.

This sheriff's vehicle was totaled in the pileup
This sheriff’s vehicle was totaled in the pileup

Incredibly, none of the injuries in this multi-vehicle accident are believed to be life threatening.

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