A Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police car en route to a call of a disorderly bus passenger was involved in a crash with another car Friday at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Bryant Street, said NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer.
The collision occurred at 7:45 a.m., when NFTA Officer Michelle Krzemien was traveling south on Deleware with the emergency lights on and siren engaged, Hartmayer said. A Volkswagen Passat, traveling eastbound on Bryant, collided with the patrol car, causing the patrol car to flip onto its passenger side and strike a Toyota Prius that was stopped, Hartmayer said.
Buffalo firefighters removed the officer from the patrol car through the broken windshield.
Krzemien was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Hartmayer said.
The driver of the Passat did not require treatment.
The operator of the Toyota Prius was taken to ECMC for observation.
Members of NFTA’s Accident Investigation Unit were on the scene reconstructing the crash.
Charges could be pending, Hartmayer said.
A witness at the scene described a doctor tending to all three drivers.
Bradley Kane was working at a nearby apartment building where he heard the crash.
“I heard sirens, a big crash and a little bit of braking,” said Kane, describing the sound of the crash as “thunderous.”
Roadblocks were set up at Barker Street and at Hodge Avenue, with NFTA officers informing drivers who worked in the restricted area to park on side streets and walk.
Residents of the upscale Campanile residence had gathered outside the building located at 925 Delaware at Bryant. One woman said she was performing her morning exercise routine when she heard the loud crash.
Hartmayer said the officer was responding to a disorderly bus passenger call at Chippewa and Ellicott streets.
The crash happened in the same area where Buffalo Police Officer James A. Shields was killed and his partner, Officer Kimberly Monteforte, was injured in 2002 when their patrol car slammed into a tree on Delaware Avenue, near Bryant Street, while responding to a call.