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Pedestrian hit by car on Niagara Falls Boulevard


Despite improvements this summer to make Niagara Falls Boulevard safer for pedestrians, there was yet another mishap along that busy stretch of highway late Saturday afternoon. A man was hurt when he was stuck by a car while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard near Ridge Lea Road.

Amherst police say 45-year-old Mark Buffington sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in stable condition.

The driver of the car, a 20-year-old Cheektowaga man, was not charged. But the investigation is continuing.

The road was closed for about two hours on a busy Saturday afternoon and evening while the initial probe was underway.

Previous pedestrian accidents there have claimed several lives.

In response, improvements were made this past summer at key crosswalks. But town officials in Amherst and Tonawanda are continuing discussions with state transportation officials about further pedestrian safety measures for Niagara Falls Boulevard.