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Grand Island man pulled from burning vehicle after pileup involving Metro Bus

A Grand Island man was pulled from his burning vehicle by an "alert passerby" after a three-vehicle crash on Grand Island Boulevard involving an NFTA bus Wednesday morning, Grand Island fire officials said.

The victim was identified as Joseph Rossi, 27. He suffered "serious traumatic injuries" and was rushed by Twin City Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

In all 13 people were evaluated at the scene and seven were taken to area hospitals.

The crash was reported at about 9 a.m. at 2400 Grand Island Blvd., which is near Fantasy Island amusement park.

Four passengers from the bus were transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, NFTA spokeswoman Helen Tederous said. A mother and child in a third vehicle were taken to Oishei Children's Hospital.

Grand Island Boulevard was shut down for over three hours between Baseline and Bedell roads after the accident. It was reopened at about 12:40 p.m.

Grand Island firefighters responded to the scene. The NFTA Police Accident Investigation Unit was on the scene and was working with the Erie County Sheriff's Office, NTFA officials said.



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