1 arrested in fatal rollover accident at Buffalo Airport

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is investigating after a person was killed in a car rollover accident at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport late Wednesday night.

NFTA officials at the scene say the accident happened just before midnight Wednesday. Authorities say a red pickup truck crashed and flipped after the driver picked up three people at the airport. One person inside the vehicle was killed, and three others were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Initially, authorities thought they were responding to a one-vehicle accident, but that was not the case.

NFTA Transit Police Chief George Gast spoke on Thursday morning, and revealed that a second vehicle was involved in the crash. The driver, Williamsville resident Lawrence Penna, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

See what Gast had to say in the video below:

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The NFTA is unsure if speed was a factor in the crash. According to a spokesperson, the speed limit as drivers exit the airport is 30 miles per hour.

The NFTA also said they had not seen anything like that accident at the airport before, with Gast calling it “a highly unusual situation.”

Police say they’re not releasing the name of the victim until their family is notified.

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