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Woman, 49, in ICU after Niagara Falls collision

A 49-year-old woman is in fair condition at Erie County Medical Center following a collision early Wednesday night at a busy intersection in Niagara Falls, according to police.

The collision happened at about 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to the I-190 northbound ramp from Niagara Falls Boulevard. A Jeep with four people inside heading east on Niagara Falls Boulevard and attempting to turn onto the I-190 was hit by a westbound car, Niagara Falls police said. The Jeep rolled onto its side but ended up back in an upright position, police said.

The 49-year-old woman, who was a backseat passenger in the Jeep, suffered a punctured lung, ruptured spleen and broken ribs and was in the intensive care unit at ECMC, police said. An 86-year-old man who was a front seat passenger in the Jeep was treated for whiplash and unspecified pain.

Neither driver – the 18-year-old Lewiston man driving the Jeep nor the 21-year-old Niagara Falls man who drove the car – was injured. Another backseat passenger in the Jeep also was uninjured. Police did not release the names.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. The I-190 entrance ramp was closed for about four hours while investigators processed the scene, police said.

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