PENDLETON – Mercy Flight was called when a car being driven by a 19-year-old man struck a dump truck and rolled over in the 4300 block of Mapleton Road at Starpoint Central School shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
About an hour later a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash involving students occurred in front of the school as they officials were clearing the first crash and buses were arriving and departing, according to Niagara County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steven Preisch. All four students were checked out at the scene and released.
Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan said no staff or students were involved in the first crash, near the site of the district’s Tudor Stadium renovation of the football field and track.
Whelan said it appears a construction vehicle heading east on Mapleton was turning left onto the Tudor Stadium site when a car behind it attempted to pass it on the left, leading to the crash. The impact, witnesses said, caused the car to roll over, landing on its roof, Whelan added.
Rescuers summoned Mercy Flight, which landed on the school grounds near the football field to transport a person injured in the crash. Whelan said the school also had three administrators and school nurses at the scene.
Preisch said the injuries to the driver in the first crash were considered minor, but he was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center as a precaution.
Mapleton was closed near the school while the crash was being cleared.
Further information on the drivers was unavailable.