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Icy highways blamed for crashes in season’s first snowfall

Sheets of ice caused a multiple-car crash on the Youngmann Expressway near the interchange with the Niagara Thruway in the Town of Tonwanda at about 11 p.m. Monday and a one-car crash on the median along the Niagara Thruway near Niagara Street in Buffalo about the same time.

Town of Tonawanda police and State Police assigned to the Thruway reported no serious injuries in either accident.

The Buffalo area saw its first coating of snow for this season Monday night, and many roads were slippery.

The Buffalo metropolitan area wasn’t slated for more than an inch of snow by this morning but parts of the Southern Tier, particularly the Chautauqua Ridge and the Boston Hills area, were expecting between three and five inches of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

In the meantime, about 2,500 Hamburg residents were left in the cold and dark for at least part of the night following an electrical outage reported at about 9:40 p.m. New York State Electric and Gas customers in both the town and village of Hamburg were affected.

A handful of Orchard Park residents also lost power Monday night.

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