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Pickup driver in critical condition after Wheatfield collision

A pickup driver was in critical condition Erie County Medical Center on Monday after apparently backing out of a driveway into oncoming traffic on Shawnee Road in Wheatfield, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

The collision happened about 6:35 a.m. on Shawnee between Slusaric Road and Wildwing Drive, the Sheriff's Office said.

The pickup driver, identified as John Moudy, 29, of Wheatfield, was listed in critical condition after he was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC, the Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon. Moudy had to be extricated from the vehicle and suffered serious – but unspecified – injuries. The pickup, which backed out of a driveway on the east side of Shawnee, was hit by a vehicle heading south on Shawnee and ended up in the northbound lane, the Sheriff's Office said.

No other injuries were reported. The driver of the vehicle that collided with Moudy's pickup was identified as Nicholas J. Prohaska, 34, of North Tonawanda.

The collision remains under investigation.

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