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Route 5 eastbound closing at 9 a.m. Wednesday for Lehner funeral procession

Southtowns commuters, be warned: Route 5 heading into Buffalo will be closed starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the funeral procession of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner.

The closure will affect a stretch of Route 5 from Camp Road to the Lackawanna city line.

Lehner's services begin at 10 a.m. at KeyBank Center. Up to 10,000 law enforcement officers are expected to attend, and members of the public are welcome, as well.

Lehner, 34, disappeared in the Niagara River shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 13 during a training exercise for the Buffalo Police Department's Underwater Recovery Team. His body was recovered in the river Oct. 17. A nine-year veteran of the department, Lehner was a K-9 officer as well as a dive team member.

From the arena, Lehner's body will be taken to Forest Lawn for burial. Here is the route the procession will take:

Buffalo police expect up to 10,000 officers at Officer Craig Lehner's funeral

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