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Pickup driver critically injured in collision with tractor-trailer

The driver of a pickup truck was critically injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 2200 block of Kenmore Avenue.

Members of Rescue One used the “jaws-of-life” apparatus to cut open the pickup’s mangled cab. The driver, a 53-year-old man from North Tonawanda whose identity was not immediately released, was listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center.

Firefighters also cleaned up a fuel spill at the scene.

Investigators said the pickup was traveling south on Kenmore when the driver lost control, crossed the double yellow line, jumped the curb, came back onto to the street and then struck  the semi, which was pulling out of a driveway.

The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries and was not initially hospitalized.

Thomas Leatherbarrow, the commander of the Accident Investigative Unit, says the cause of the accident remains under investigation but it appears speed was a factor.

Kenmore Avenue between Vulcan Street and Roesch Avenue was closed after the accident.