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Train strikes tractor-trailer in Chautauqua County

SHERIDAN – A train struck a tractor-trailer late Saturday afternoon in the Town of Sheridan near Dunkirk, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies reported.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., deputies learned the train struck the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer at a railroad crossing on Werle Road near Progressive Drive. The crash resulted in a small fire that was quickly extinguished, deputies said.

The driver, Jason M. Siepierski, 30, of Cheektowaga, was attempting to head south on Werle Road which is signed for no tractor trailers, deputies stated. His vehicle subsequently got stuck on the shoulder of the road causing the tractor to be on the railroad tracks.

A westbound Norfolk Southern train struck the tractor trailer tearing the trailer apart and dragging the tractor a distance down the railroad tracks. Siepierski was able to exit the tractor prior to the collision.

Siepierski is believed to have suffered suffered minor injuries and was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital. He was issued a traffic ticket for ignoring a traffic control device and is due back in the Town of Sheridan Court at a later date.

This is the second train accident in Chautauqua County in recent months.

On Sept. 30, a Dunkirk woman was struck and killed by a train while attempting to rescue a dog. At the time, Athena Dipirro, 37, was walking with her boyfriend’s dog along the railroad tracks west of Middle Road just after midnight in the City of Dunkirk.

The dog, which investigators believe was not on a leash, got onto the tracks as a westbound CSX freight train approached, according to Dunkirk Police. Both Dipirro and the dog were killed.

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