A three-vehicle collision involving an NFTA bus, a car and SUV Thursday night in Niagara County sent four people to area hospitals, including a 14-year-old girl who is in the intensive care unit at Women & Children’s Hospital today, authorities said.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Williams Road in Wheatfield at 9:36 p.m. Authorities said the bus, which did not have passengers, was headed northbound on Williams across the intersection bound for nearby Niagara Falls International Airport while the car was eastbound on the boulevard.
“Two witnesses said the bus was proceeding with the green light at the intersection when the accident occurred,” said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, stressing that the investigation was continuing and findings are preliminary at this point.
The SUV, stopped at the traffic light in the westbound lanes of the boulevard, was then struck, according to Hartmayer, who said charges are pending.
All three drivers were uninjured, but two of the three children in the 1999 Volvo, including the 14-year-old, were taken to Women & Children’s in Buffalo. The other child was taken to Mount St. Mary Hospital, Lewiston.
John Moscato, spokesman for Women & Children’s, said the family has requested that the conditions of the teen and other child taken there not be released.
Hartmayer, who declined to release the names of the injured because they are minors, said, “One of the children was more seriously injured than the other.”
A front seat passenger in the 2013 Toyota SUV was taken to Mount St. Mary, he said.