By Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.
Shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday, July 9, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident in the southbound lane of the I-190 near the Staley Road overpass. The horrendous crash was reportedly caused by a driver who was travelling in the wrong direction and then collided head-on with another vehicle.
According GIFC Deputy Fire Chief Matt Osinski, this collision resulted in fatal injuries to three of the occupants, a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old from Hamtrack, Mich., and a 21-year-old from Bangladesh. In addition, 22-year-old Burhanur Ralman of Hamtrack and 86-year-old Richard Hildebrandt of Kenmore were treated by GIFC medics for traumatic injuries and transported to Erie County Medical Center for further medical attention.
All GIFC units returned to service by 5:06 a.m. after providing on-scene support for New York State Police accident investigators.