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5 hurt in 3-vehicle crash on Tonawanda Reservation

Five people, including three Williamsville teenagers, were injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

It was an ugly crash scene, but everyone is expected to survive, said State Police Sgt. Ron Lobur.

“The injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening,” Lobur said, “but everybody is lucky to be alive. Seat belts probably saved one or more lives today.”

The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, when a sedan traveling eastbound on Bloomingdale Road crossed the double yellow line and crashed nearly head-on into a westbound SUV, Lobur said.

A motorcycle was following behind the sedan and got tangled up in the crash as well, Lobur added.

The driver of the sedan, Jessica Ramani, 18, of Williamsville, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where she was still undergoing treatment in the emergency room Saturday evening, a hospital official said.

Her front-seat passenger, Regirea Gibson, 17, of Williamsville, was airlifted to Women & Children’s Hospital, Lobur said. A back-seat passenger in the vehicle, Kelly Clauss, 17, also of Williamsville, was taken by ambulance to ECMC, where she was treated and released, according to the hospital.

The driver of the westbound SUV, Melissa Acquard, 29, of the Town of Alabama, was taken by ambulance to ECMC, where she was listed in fair condition Saturday.

All of those who were injured were wearing seat belts, Lobur said.

Meanwhile, the motorcyclist, Michael Guay, 59, of the Town of Lockport, was taken to Lockport Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Lobur said.

Charges are pending upon completion of the investigation, Lobur said.