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3 TEENS DIE IN HAMBURG CRASH

Three teenagers from Lake View and Hamburg were killed Thursday night in a three-car crash on Southwestern Boulevard after their vehicle went out of control, crossed the center line and was struck by an oncoming car, Town of Hamburg police said.

The three teens were identified as John Gallivan, 16, of Lake View; Daryl Thompson, 18, of Hamburg; and Daniel Otremba, 15, of Lake View.

All three attended Frontier Central Senior High School, school officials confirmed this morning.

Capt. Steve Mikac reported that the accident occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on Southwestern Boulevard, near Buckingham Lane. Gallivan lost control of the eastbound 1996 Pontiac four-door sedan, which veered into the westbound lane and was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Jennifer Seymore.

Otremba, who was in the back seat, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Gallivan and Thompson, the front-seat passenger, were taken to Mercy Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

The Accident Investigation Unit, led by Lt. William Lickfield, continued to investigate what prompted Gallivan to lose control of the car.

"I have no reason to believe drugs or alcohol were a factor," Lickfield said today.

The crash occurred on a rainy, wind-driven night, but investigators aren't sure exactly how bad the conditions were at the time of the accident, and they said they have no reason to believe that high winds were a cause.

"We're still investigating to determine what factors contributed to the accident," Lickfield said, noting that investigators are looking at all human and environmental factors.

Police officials also weren't sure how long it has been since the Town of Hamburg has had an accident with so many fatalities.

"It's tragic," Capt. Michael Williams said. "It's an absolute shame."

"I think everybody in the community is saddened by this tragedy," Lickfield added.

After the initial collision, a third vehicle, driven by Jason Garland, 21, of Hamburg, struck the Seymore vehicle. Seymore, Garland and a passenger in his vehicle, Erica Garland, were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Officers Holly McKnight, Todd Ehret and Tom Brown are assisting Lickfield in the investigation. No charges have been filed.

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