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UB Nursing School faculty member, 45, killed in Thruway pileup

A faculty member of the UB Nursing School was killed Thursday morning in a pileup on the Thruway that snarled westbound traffic for several hours,  State Police said.

The crash occurred at about 9:44 a.m. between the Thruway's Pembroke and Depew exits when a westbound 2016 Freightliner box truck struck the rear of a 2009 Honda, also traveling west.

Ellen M. Volpe, 45, who was driving the Honda,  was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police.

Volpe’s vehicle continued west, striking multiple other vehicles.

Volpe, who was an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing but lived in Rochester, earned a Ph.D. in health practice research from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 2010.

"The School of Nursing and entire UB community is shocked and saddened by this terrible news.  Ellen was a beloved professor in the School of Nursing and a very talented researcher and teacher. She will be greatly missed," Marsha Lewis, dean of the UB School of Nursing, said in a statement.

One other person involved in the crash, whose identity was not released, was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were considered non-life threatening, authorities said. Police are continuing their investigation into the five-vehicle crash.

The crash reduced traffic in the area to one lane, with the left lane closed to vehicular traffic, State Police said.

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