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Four injured in Newfane crash blamed on unsafe passing

NEWFANE — Four people were injured in a three-vehicle, chain-reaction crash early Saturday on Lockport-Olcott Road that left a 29-year-old Lockport woman charged with driving while intoxicated, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies say the crash was reported at 12:40 a.m. in the 3200 block of Lockport-Olcott Road, near Hatter Road, in Newfane.

Jackie Carlin was driving northbound in a 2006 Hyundai Elentra sedan when she tried to pass a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV traveling northbound just ahead of her, investigators said.

While passing, Carlin’s Elentra hit the Trailblazer, sending the SUV off the east side of the road, while the sedan continued on before striking a southbound 2014 Acura and coming to a rest. Carlin and three occupants of the other vehicles involved in the crash, whose names were not released, were treated for their injuries at the scene by members of the Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Company and other fire companies.

The four injured people were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo or to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for further treatment. Information on their conditions was not immediately available.

In addition to DWI, Carlin is charged with refusing to submit to a breath test, improper passing and other vehicle and traffic infractions.