Driver dies after tractor-trailer drives off Thruway and into house

(Photo of the inside of the home, courtesy of the resident's granddaughter)

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police say one person was killed when a tractor-trailer drove off the State Thruway, and crashed into a house Sunday night.

The crash happened at a home on Highland Parkway after the driver hit a utility pole and a chain link fence.

The driver, Ontario resident David Raney, 57, suffered an apparent medical emergency before the crash, according to State Police.

After being taken to Mercy Hospital, he was pronounced dead.

One lane on the Thruway going west was closed off, due to low-hanging wires.

A hazmat team responded to the scene Sunday night and crews confirmed the tractor trailer was hauling electronics, paint, and sodium cyanide. They say the contents of the trailer were not impinged at all in the accident.

A husband, wife, and a sister live in the home and they’re very lucky they weren’t home at the time of the crash.

The Town of Hamburg Emergency Manager says it is condemned and needs to be reassessed. The homeowners now have to stay elsewhere until structural repairs can be made. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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