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ICY ROADS CAUSE 3 SERIOUS ACCIDENTS

Several people were injured Tuesday evening when icy roads caused three serious traffic accidents, including an overturned church van in Buffalo and a chain-reaction collision on Grand Island.

A van carrying a dozen children from Sunrise Church of Christ overturned at about 5:30 p.m. on a ramp as it entered the eastbound Kensington Expressway at Jefferson Avenue.

Buffalo police said several of the children, ranging in age from 6 to 13, were taken to Children's Hospital.

The most seriously hurt was 6-year-old Christopher Betson, who suffered a head injury. He was listed in good condition today in Children's.

The van was heading to another church, where members of the Buffalo Bills were making an appearance, police said.

The six-car pileup occurred just after 5 p.m. on the northbound Niagara Thruway near the Long Road exit on Grand Island.

Three people were treated at the scene. Tracy Dzialak of Niagara Falls was taken to Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, with head and neck injuries. None of the injuries was critical, officials said.

In the Town of Concord, a head-on collision seriously injured a man when another driver lost control of a pickup truck on snow-covered Genesee Road.

Christa J. Gabel, 22, of Genesee Road, Concord, the driver of the pickup, was charged with failure to keep right, Erie County sheriff's deputies said. She was treated for a sprained ankle.

Anthony J. Orsini Jr., 60, also of Genesee Road, Concord, who was driving a car, suffered a broken rib, a collapsed lung and a broken heel. He was treated in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, and was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition today.

The accident occurred at about 5:10 p.m., east of Trevett Road.