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4 hurt when car crashes into truck

A passenger car collided with a tractor-trailer on the Thruway on Friday, leaving the vehicle wedged underneath the truck.

All four occupants of the vehicle, who are from Grove City, Pa., were injured but none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The crash occurred at about 10 a. m. in the westbound lanes near the Camp Road overpass in Hamburg, state police said, after the driver of the tractortrailer attempted to cross from the passing lane to the driving lane, causing the passenger car to slide sideways and lodge under the tractor-trailer.

Sajjad Raja, 45, was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.

Saba Raja, 30, and Gulchera Bano, 88, were taken by ambulance to ECMC with nonlife-threatening injuries. The Rajas' three-month-old child was taken by ambulance to Women and Children's Hospital for treatment of facial abrasions.

Sajjad Raja suffered a broken pelvis; Saba Raja, a broken leg; and Bano, a broken arm and pelvis.

The driver of the truck, Shelton Rankins, 50, of North Carolina, was not injured. The truck is owned by Barnes Transportation.

The adult victims were extricated from their car.

Both westbound lanes of the Thruway were closed for about 40 minutes. At one point, traffic was backed up about five miles, but it picked up once the scene was cleared at 12:22 p. m.

State police were assisted by the New York State Thruway Authority, Rural/Metro Medical Service ambulance, and the Scranton, Hamburg and Newton Abbott fire departments.

An inspection of the tractortrailer is continuing. Charges are pending the completion of an investigation.

e-mail: jsmith@buffnews.com

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