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Vehicle drives into opening of Metro Rail portal

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A driver, unfamiliar with streets in downtown Buffalo, drove their vehicle into a Metro Rail portal. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.

“I think just based on her unfamiliarity with the area was the main reason for her ending up in the wrong place,” explained Doug Hartmayer, Director of Public Affairs, NFTA.

Hartmayer tells WBFO News the incident happened after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. A 54-year-old female driver from Olean was traveling east on Chippewa and turned left onto Main Street.

Hartmayer said the car ended up in the Metro Rail opening.

"She ended up driving her car into the entrance to the Metro Rail portal.  It was stopped at the mouth of the portal by one of the moats that is there, to do exactly that, to stop motor vehicles from entering the portal, " stated Hartmayer.
Metro service was interrupted for just a short time to remove the car. 

"Then began single tracking above ground and running regular service below ground between University and Allen, then above ground, single tracking between Erie Canal Harbor and Allen Medical Station," said Hartmayer. 

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