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Weather-Related Accidents Kill One, Injure Many Others

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Local emergency crews were stretched to the limit Wednesday by three multiple-vehicle accidents on area roadways. One person was killed and more than 20 others were injured.

Wednesday's snowfall didn't come close to the snow totals of Christmas week. But it created much more havoc on area roadways.

A chain-reaction collision involving several cars and tractors trailers on the 90 eastbound in Blasdell killed one motorist and injured several others.

Earlier, a second accident on the eastbound 90, this one between Rout 400 and the 190, involved more than 20 cars.

On Route 5, 15 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash that closed the Skyway for several hours. Ten people were transported to area hospitals.

All three accidents occurred as heavy snow was falling. National Weather Service Meteorologist Alan Blackburn said the snowfall set a record for a February 27th.

"We had 6.1 inches at the airport weather station," Blackburn said. "Williamsville had about four inches." Clarence reported five inches as did Lockport.

The official airport reading broke the old record of just over four inches set on February 27, 1984.

Blackburn said it's fortunate that the snow bands moved quickly through the area. With snow in the heaviest squalls falling at the rate of two inches an hour, the storm could have been much worse if the snow bands had stalled.