Car smashes into NFTA cruiser, flipping cruiser onto side

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Fire Department needed to cut out the windshield of an NFTA officer’s car Friday morning, after a crash that caused the vehicle to flip into its side.

NFTA Spokesperson Doug Hartmayer said Officer Michelle Krzemien was responding to a disturbance call on a Metro bus around 7:45 a.m. Friday when the accident happened.

Crash happened during Friday morning commute.
Crash happened during Friday morning commute.

Police said the NFTA car was traveling south on Delaware Avenue near Bryant Street, when a car traveling east collided with the NFTA vehicle. The police car flipped onto its side and hit a third vehicle. The NFTA vehicle had on its lights and siren.

Officer Krzemien was taken to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation. She was released from the hospital by 10:30 a.m. Hartmayer said she has been with the NFTA for nearly 30 years.

The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to ECMC with non life-threatening injuries.

Hartmayer said, “The Buffalo Fire Department responded and were able to cut away the windshield, and the officer was literally able to help herself out of the car, with assistance of Buffalo Fire Department.”

There is no word on who is at fault for the crash or on whether anyone was charged.

This is the same intersection where Buffalo Police Officer James Shields was killed in October 2002. He and his partner were answering a robbery call when a car turned in front of their cruiser. Shields swerved to avoid it and hit a tree. The city dedicated this stretch of Delaware Avenue in his memory.

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