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A 22-year-old Cheektowaga man who apparently pulled off the Niagara Thruway after he saw a car-dog accident was seriously injured moments later when his vehicle was struck, pinning him against the guardrail, Thruway state troopers said today.

Matthew Sikora suffered two broken legs in the accident, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday on the Niagara Thruway, just north of South Ogden Street, troopers said. Sikora was in surgery this morning in Erie County Medical Center.

Troopers said a vehicle driven by Terri Wittek, 25, of Buffalo, was heading south, in the middle lane, when it swerved to avoid some debris in the road, possibly from the earlier car-dog accident. That vehicle veered onto the shoulder, striking Sikora's vehicle. He was standing between his vehicle and the guardrail, and the impact pinned him against the guardrail.

The Wittek vehicle then struck another stopped vehicle, driven by Jeffrey Nagel, which had struck the dog. Wittek reportedly suffered an ankle injury in the accident.

Troopers had no information on the fate of the dog that was hit.

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