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MAN KILLED IN LANCASTER AS CAR HITS TRACTOR-TRAILER

A man was killed early today after his car plowed into a tractor-trailer in the Town of Lancaster and burst into flames, police said.

Police would not release the victim's name until a relative provided a positive identification sometime today, said Officer David Markus.

The man, who Markus said was probably in his 20s and lived in the area, died in Erie County Medical Center at 5:45 a.m. Markus said the victim may have suffered burns, in addition to other injuries.

"The victim was unconscious at all times. We had no way of talking to him," said Markus, who investigated the accident with Officer Andrew Koss.

The truck driver, Robert M. Everett, 63, of 385 Warwick Ave., was treated in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, and released.

The accident occurred at 2:35 a.m. when the S.M. Flickinger Co. rig was broadsided while traveling north on Transit Road at Losson Road, Markus said. The driver of the car, which was traveling east on Losson, disregarded a flashing red light at the intersection and sped through, Markus said.

"It burst into flames shortly after the impact," Markus said of the car. "The only witness to the accident was the tractor-trailer driver, and his account was that the driver went through the red light."

Volunteer firefighters from the Southline and Twin District fire companies arrived at the scene and found the car engulfed in flames. The tractor-trailer, which jackknifed upon impact, did not burn but was seriously damaged, police said.

Markus said the intersection, which is normally busy during the daily rush hour, was closed until 4:30 a.m. so crews could clear the wreckage.

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