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3 crashes over 8 hours kill 2, seriously injure motorcyclist

Two drivers were killed and a motorcyclist was seriously injured in three separate crashes in less than 8 hours ending early Friday.

A man in his 20s died in Buffalo late Thursday night on Delaware Avenue when his vehicle crashed into the center bridge abutment to the Route 198 bridge.

A 26-year-old East Aurora woman was killed Friday morning in Aurora when the car she was driving collided with a van heading onto Route 400.

A motorcyclist was seriously injured on Friday morning in a crash on Route 5 in Derby in which he collided with a deer and then got pinned beneath another vehicle.

The first fatal crash happened shortly before midnight Thursday on Delaware Avenue just south of Nottingham Terrace at the start of the area known as the Delaware S-curves. The driver, who Buffalo police have not identified, was partially ejected from his vehicle after he lost control and struck the bridge abutment, police said.

Firefighters extricated him from the vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are looking into whether he may have been speeding around the time of the crash.

Corrine M. Closson, 26, of East Aurora, was killed when the car she was driving collided with a van near the beginning of the Aurora Expressway at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, East Aurora police said. Closson, who was driving a black Chevrolet Cobalt, turned left from Olean Road in front of a van heading north on Route 16 and onto the expressway, East Aurora police Lt. Patrick Welch said.

The speed of the vehicles combined with the differences in size created a significant impact, Welch said. A passenger in the Cobalt, who was not identified, and the driver of the van, identified as a 40-year-old Delevan man, were not injured, he said. The collision is being investigated by the East Aurora police and Erie County sheriff's accident investigation teams.

In the Derby crash, a motorcyclist heading east near the New Era Cap plant, 8061 Erie Road, collided with a deer just before 7:30 a.m., Evans police said.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified, went down in the road and slid into the westbound lanes of Route 5 where the motorcycle was struck by another vehicle. The motorcycle and vehicle became entangled, police said.

Emergency personnel treated the motorcyclist at the scene. Mercy Flight transported the motorcyclist to Erie County Medical Center.

The crash remains under investigation by Evans police.

There have been efforts in the past aimed at slowing traffic in the Delaware S-curves in Buffalo. In 1999, a roughly one-mile stretch was rebuilt and the curves were made gentler. In 2007, the city lowered the speed limit in that area to 30 mph as part of creating a citywide speed limit.

On July 8, 2016, Christopher Rizzo, 24, of the Town of Tonawanda, died in an early morning rollover crash on the S-curves in which a car struck a light pole and tree. Rizzo was one of four people in the 2008 Infiniti driven by Dennis Xenos of Amherst, who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in December and was sentenced to up to six years in prison in March.

On April 27, 2007, Tajanae Davis, 22, of Buffalo, was killed in a five-car pileup on the S-curves.

Thursday night's crash follows the death of a pedestrian who was struck Monday afternoon at Delaware and Nottingham. Police announced Thursday that he died from his injuries. He has not been identified.

Pedestrian dies after accident on Delaware Avenue

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