Two people were injured Wednesday evening when their SUV left a ramp to the Youngmann Highway and flipped over at least twice before coming to rest about 70 feet off the roadway in a grassy median, Amherst police reported.
A witness told police the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver made a sharp turn to go onto the ramp to the Youngmann about 6:45 p.m. Police Capt. Patrick M. McKenna said the driver then lost control and the vehicle rolled over.
The driver, Elian M. Cruz, 18, of Lockport, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with facial lacerations and leg injuries. A passenger was also taken to ECMC with abdominal injuries. Another passenger was not injured.
North Bailey volunteer firefighters cut the roof off the SUV to get everyone out of the vehicle. Police are considering imprudent speed and unsafe tires as contributing factors to the crash.
Senior Investigator Steven Larwood is continuing the investigation. The ramp was closed from 6:45 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.