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Charges pending in Niagara Falls dump truck crash

Two occupants of a dump truck were injured, one seriously, after their vehicle tipped onto its side late Wednesday afternoon in Niagara Falls.

Police said the 40-year-old driver had to swerve to avoid a vehicle that turned in front of him while eastbound on Niagara Street at 27th Street shortly before 6 p.m. The driver is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center with head and neck injuries.

The 44-year-old passenger extricated himself from the truck and was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment of shoulder pain.

Investigators believe neither of the truck's occupants was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Niagara Street was closed for over four hours for cleanup of the dump truck's load of construction debris. Police said charges are pending.