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A three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on the northbound North Grand Island Bridge injured six persons and closed the span for more than 1 1/2 hours.

Thruway State Police reported that the accident occurred about 4 p.m. when a pickup truck that had merged into the left lane to avoid a car stopped on the bridge was hit from behind by another pickup truck. A car then hit the back of the second truck.

Trooper Daniel Golinski said he was setting out pylons to divert traffic around the disabled car, which had run out of gas, when the accident occurred further down the bridge.

Grand Island Fire Department rescue crews extricated two men who were pinned in the first truck. Both were taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.

The driver, James Guthrie Jr., 38, of Rhode Island Avenue, Niagara Falls, was treated and released. His passenger, Ray Jasper, 39, of Rhode Island Avenue, Niagara Falls, was admitted in fair condition with back and neck injuries.

Four persons in the other two vehicles were taken by ambulance to Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where they were treated and
released. They were:

Dimitrios Aselas, 66, of Pomona Drive, Rochester, driver of the second truck.

Kasiany Aselas, 63, his wife.

Derek Clendening, 18, of 18th Street, Niagara Falls, driver of the car.

A 16-year-old Niagara Falls girl, whose name was not released, a passenger in the car.

Trooper Golinski said Aselas said he had not noticed that traffic had slowed in front of him. He was not charged.

The southbound North Grand Island Bridge was closed briefly to allow emergency vehicles to reach the scene.

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