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MAN STRUCK, BADLY HURT STANDING BY VEHICLE

A 21-year-old man standing outside his disabled vehicle on the Thruway in West Seneca early Sunday morning was struck by another vehicle and knocked over the guardrail and down an embankment, State Police at Buffalo reported.

James Benedict, who gave addresses in Lockport and Camp Lejeune, N.C., was listed in fair condition today in Erie County Medical Center, where he was being treated for a fractured arm, along with lung, pelvis and spleen injuries, authorities said.

State Police said Benedict was westbound on the Thruway at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, when his vehicle spun out of control and came to rest in the westbound driving lane. He and his vehicle then were struck by one driven by Melissa Armstrong, 34, of Sloan.

She was taken to Mercy Hospital with neck and back strain, police said.

Two passengers in her vehicle, Joseph Neuner, 39, and Kristin Neuner, 35, both of East Aurora, were treated and released from ECMC.

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