Police: Street race caused car to crash on Rt. 33

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 47-year-old man from Buffalo died early Saturday morning when the car he was driving went through a guiderail, and crashed onto the Kensington Expressway below, bursting into flames.

Buffalo Police believe two vehicles were traveling high speed around 1:30 a.m. northbound on Main Street, involved in some type of a speed contest

At one point, according to police, the two cars split up and one of them headed the wrong way down a one-way portion of Woodlawn Avenue, towards Humboldt Parkway.

“And that vehicle hit the guardrail, careened over the guardrail, and hit the jersey barrier down at the bottom of the 33,” accident Investigator Martin Forero said. “There happened to be two EMS personnel that were traveling the other way on the 33 and saw all of this happen and they were unable to extricate the driver.”

Trapped in his burning car, the driver died at the scene.

“It’s a shame, that somebody would lose their life over a situation like this,” commented Ron Peay, who visited the scene of the broken guardrail Saturday evening. “How the rail got taken out, the concrete barrier got taken out, and for a car to get that far over there, couldn’t even imagine. I hope a situation like this doesn’t happen again.”

PHOTOS | See more photos from the scene overnight here

The other driver was involved a separate accident, and has been questioned by police.

“He’s not going to be charged until such time as we can complete the investigation and review the case with the District Attorney’s office,” Forero said.

The 33 remained closed for nine hours in both directions between Best St. and the 198 as emergency crews cleaned the scene.

The names of the victim nor the other driver have not been released.

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