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DUNKIRK -- A truck driver was charged with going through a red light and having an unsecured load after an accident at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Second and Main streets.

Police Sgt. Mark Polowy was injured in the accident, and the police car he was driving was heavily damaged.

Patrick W. Kane, 51, of Bramalea, Ont., was driving north on Main Street and was unable to stop for the red light, police said. As the truck passed through the intersection, it struck the police car, which was headed east on Second Street. The patrol car struck the rear wheels of the tractor portion of the truck, spun and struck the bottom of the trailer just in front of the rear wheels, police report.

Polowy was treated in Brooks Memorial Hospital and released.

State troopers were called to the scene to inspect the rig.

Kane was issued an appearance ticket for July 9 in City Court.

Severely injured woman
settles for $7.3 million

A Lancaster woman left with severe permanent injuries when the car in which she was a back-seat passenger hydroplaned off a wet Depew street and slammed into a tree in July 1995 has accepted a $7.3 million insurance settlement, her attorneys said Thursday.

Judeann M. Cronin, now 23, and her parents, Dennis and Ann Cronin, will get the settlement within 21 days from a number of insurance carriers representing Richard M. LaPress of Clarence and Sean M. Refermat of Depew, said attorneys John J. Fromen Sr. and John J. Fromen Jr.

The settlement came just before the start of a financial damages trial before State Supreme Court Justice Kevin M. Dillon.

Refermat, charged with speeding and other traffic infractions, ultimately pleaded guilty, but court records of his case are not available, the lawyers said.

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