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Two injured in three-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in City of Tonawanda

Two people suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash Saturday in the City of Tonawanda that police say was caused by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign.

City police say Joseph B. Ditch, 28, of the City of Tonawanda, was heading east on Morgan Street at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday when he drove through the stop sign at the intersection with Seymour Street, near the Tonawanda Post Office. Ditch's vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Ronald Scott of Utica Street, City of Tonawanda, who was driving north on Seymour.

The impact of the crash pushed Ditch's vehicle onto its side, police said. A third vehicle, driven by Sara M. Hengst, another city resident who lives on Walter Avenue and who also was traveling north on Seymour, was struck and damaged in the crash.

Officers said Ditch and Hengst were taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda for evaluation. Ditch was issued traffic tickets for passing a stop sign and failure to yield.

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