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A 5-year-old girl was revived after accidentally choking herself on her swing set Monday evening, sheriff's deputies said.

Nicole Goffin of 3646 Harris Ave. was listed in critical condition in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital, where she was flown by Mercy Flight after being revived in the emergency room of Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital.

The girl's father, David Goffin, said he was cooking dinner about 5:15 p.m. while Nicole played in the backyard.

He looked out the window and saw the girl hanging by her neck, which was caught between a bar on the swing set and a strap from a stroller that the girl had attached to the bar.

Deputies said Goffin freed Nicole, took her into the house, and called 911, and Deputy Antonio DiGregorio instructed Goffin on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At the time, Nicole was not breathing and had no pulse, they noted.

Firefighter Rick O'Hara of the Ransomville Fire Company arrived and took over lifesaving efforts, and the girl was rushed by ambulance to the
Newfane hospital, where a pulse was restored.

Three hurt in head-on collision
NIAGARA FALLS -- Three persons were sent to area hospitals after a head-on collision at Niagara Falls Boulevard and 77th Street at 6:55 p.m. Monday, police said.

A westbound car driven by Frederick W. Bonacker Jr., 73, of 2171 Jagow Road, Wheatfield, veered across the center line and struck another auto. Bonacker was listed in serious condition in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with head and internal injuries.

The occupants of the other car, John Glendenin, 56, of 45 Wells Ave., and Muriel Zangara, 49, of 13 Redwood Drive, both of Cheektowaga, were taken to the Erie County Medical Center.

Shots reported on reservation
LEWISTON -- A 15-year-old pedestrian said bullets were sprayed in his direction from an automatic weapon on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation Monday afternoon, Sheriff's Deputy Paul J. Moran said.

Matthew Rimmen of Upper Mountain Road, told Moran he was walking on Garlow Road, north of Mount Hope Road, about 1 p.m. when an older model blue car occupied by about six youths pulled up. Rimmen said one of them was brandishing what he described as "an assault weapon with a large clip." He squeezed off a stream of bullets, not striking anything, and then the youths yelled at Rimmen, "Stay off the reservation, white boy!"

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