Driver killed in Rt. 60 crash identified

(Photo courtesy of Daniel Kohler.)

TOWN OF CHARLOTTE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A fatal crash closed more than half a mile of Route 60 in Chautauqua County Monday morning.

The road was shut down in both directions from Jamestown Street to Sylvester Road in the Village of Sinclairville while officials cleared the scene. It reopened just before 1 p.m.

The crash, which involved a Coach USA bus, happened just before 9 a.m. Lakewood resident Justin Romaniuk, 20, was killed.

(Photo of Justin Romaniuk, courtesy of Southwestern Central School District)
(Photo of Justin Romaniuk, courtesy of Southwestern Central School District)
(Photo of Justin Romaniuk, courtesy of Southwestern Central School District)
(Photo of Justin Romaniuk, courtesy of Southwestern Central School District)

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Romaniuk was traveling south on Route 60 when he crossed into the northbound lane and hit the bus head-on.

The crash pinned Romaniuk in his vehicle, and he had to be cut out. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Fire officials freed the bus driver using the Jaws of Life. She was taken to ECMC for serious leg injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The bus was traveling with three passengers along its normal route from Jamestown to Buffalo. The three passengers had minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

No charges are expected to be pressed against the bus driver.

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