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DOT investigates accident in Route 33 construction zone

A conduit fell onto the Kensington Expressway Tuesday night, resulting in a multi-car accident.

The incident occurred at about 8:10 p.m., in the midst of an ongoing deck replacement project on the East Delavan Avenue bridge crossing the expressway. A conduit carrying telephone lines, which is attached to the bridge, became disconnected and fell, according to Susan Surdej, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

“There were no injuries,” Surdej said this morning. The exact number of vehicles involved wasn’t available.

The expressway was closed in both directions for approximately 90 minutes near the accident scene.

Oakgrove Construction Inc. of Elma was awarded the contract to replace the deck on the East Delavan Avenue bridge and three others – Deerfield Avenue and Hospital Drive in the city, and Union Road/Route 277 in Cheektowaga – that cross the expressway.

Work is being done at night and outside of peak travel hours to minimize the impact on commuters. Construction on the four is expected to last through the fall.

Surdej said the DOT is investigating what happened Tuesday night.

“We are taking a look and seeing exactly what the circumstances were, what the conditions were,” she said.