TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A car crash during the morning commute killed a driver, injured another and closed traffic for hours on a busy roadway. Amherst Police said a car was traveling south on Niagara Falls Boulevard, when it crossed over the center line and struck another vehicle head on.
Police said 71-year-old Martin Peters, of North Tonawanda, was driving the car that crossed over into oncoming traffic. Peters was transported to DeGraff Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are looking into whether he had a medical attack before the accident.
The driver of the other car, 38-year-old Nicole Keefe, of Buffalo, was transported to Erie County Medical Center. Police said she has serious injuries.
Two other cars sustained minor damage during the crash, and neither driver was injured.
The crash caused Niagara Falls Boulevard to close between North Ellicott Creek and Creekside Drive for about four hours.
“It’s obviously a good hit. I believe one witness described it as, once the gentleman kind of put his head down it appeared his car sped up so his foot may have just hit the gas pedal causing an increase in his speed coming over into the other lane,” said Captain Patrick McKenna with the Amherst Police Department.
There are reports of another accident nearby on Niagara Falls Boulevard, less than an hour after the two-car crash.