GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Fourth of July brought a lot of frustration to drivers around Grand Island.
On Tuesday, the bridges going on and off the island were packed. They saw a number of accidents and major delays.
One afternoon incident involved five vehicles. A 36-year-old and a 10-year-old were taken to a hospital as a result of the incident.
Later, that evening, a four-vehicle crash in the same general area sent four people to hospitals. They were 42, 39, 17 and 14 years old.
Some island residents say it wasn’t the holiday that was causing the issues.
They say the problems stem from bridge construction, which has been around for quite some time.
Crews say the road work slows commuters down, sometimes all the way to a stop.
Kevin Hereth was on his way to Niagara Falls when he approached big bumps on the North Grand Island Bridge.
Kevin slowed down, but the driver behind him did not.
“Everyone slammed on their brakes, and it was like a chain reaction — a lot of cars screeching and the gentleman behind me did not stop, and he drove straight into me, never touched the brakes,” Hereth said.
Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said “I think everyone should try to go a little bit slower and remember that even though there is a toll there, even though it is a tight bridge, even though it is an old bridge, you control your behavior, and people need to remember that. We are all in this together and need to slow down for others, including the workers.”
McMurray puts some of the blame on the toll barriers, but says there are plenty of warning signs, and that drivers just need to pay attention.