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Three men were seriously injured in two accidents early Friday morning, Niagara County sheriff's Deputy Stephen W. Gaydos said.

Dennis B. Sherman, 22, was flown to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo by Mercy Flight after he suffered severe head lacerations at 12:28 a.m., Gaydos said. He was listed in serious condition in the center's intensive care unit Friday evening, a center official said.

Sherman was injured when the pickup truck he was a passenger in traveled off the west side of Lockport-Olcott Road and crashed into the back of a parked trailer, which, in turn, was forced into the back of another parked trailer and attached tractor-trailer truck across from 2089 Lockport-Olcott Road, Gaydos said.

The driver of the pickup, William H. Holtz Jr., 22, of 6132 Ketchum Ave., was admitted to Inter-Community Memorial Hospital with head injuries and was listed in stable condition there, a hospital official said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to use designated traffic lane, Gaydos said.

In an accident at 6:59 a.m. near 6065 Lake Road, Rayfield Elias, 73, of 124 New York St., Lockport, suffered a broken right leg and other injuries when he was struck by a pickup truck, Gaydos said.

Elias was walking in the westbound lane when he was stuck by a westbound truck driven by Richard E. King, 49, of East Lake Road. King attempted to brake and avoid Elias when he saw him, skidded 20 feet before impact and another 18 feet thereafter, Gaydos said.

Elias was stabilized at Inter-Community Hospital and flown to Erie County Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He was listed in critical condition late Friday. No charges were lodged in the accident, Gaydos said.

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