Victim in fatal, multiple-vehicle crash on I-90 identified

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 45-year-old Rochester woman was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on I-90 Thursday.

New York State Police responded to the accident around 9:44 a.m. Thursday, closing down part of the Thruway between exits 48A (Pembroke) and 49 (Depew).

According to state police, the accident occurred when a  2016 Freightliner box truck traveling westbound struck the rear of a 2009 Honda, also traveling westbound. The Honda was operated by Ellen M. Volpe, 45, of Rochester.

Volpe was pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator’s vehicle continued westbound striking multiple other vehicles.

One person involved in the accident was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The accident is being reconstructed by the New York State Police collision reconstruction unit.

Volpe was a professor in UB’s School of Nursing.

“The School of Nursing and entire UB community is shocked and saddened by this terrible news,” Marsha Lewis, dean of the UB School of Nursing, said in a statement Thursday evening. “Ellen was a beloved professor in the School of Nursing and a very talented researcher and teacher. She will be greatly missed.”

Delays are expected due to the accident scene.

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