A state trooper remained hospitalized Thursday after she was injured in a 19-vehicle pileup on the Thruway east of Batavia on Wednesday afternoon that involved two tractor-trailers that were not supposed to be on the highway.
Both drivers were ticketed for ignoring the travel ban on tractor-trailers and commercial buses in place since Tuesday night because of the winter storm.
The state police investigation found:
At about 2 p.m. at mile marker 382 on the eastbound side of the Thruway, a tractor-trailer lost control, jackknifed and struck the rear of a police car driven by Trooper Dominique Wilson. The impact pushed the police car "out into the roadway where she was then sideswiped by a second tractor-trailer," state police said in a statement.
Her injuries weren't life-threatening.
A box truck and 15 more passenger vehicles were also involved in the crash and two other motorists suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. They were identified as Michael L. Bushek, 60, of Palmyra and Edward F. Dejoy, 55, of Hamburg.
Ambulances transported the three injured people to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Wilson remained hospitalized Thursday in "stable condition," state police said. The other two were treated and released.
The tractor-trailer drivers who were cited are Richard Magezi, 41, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Michael L. Lambert, 54, of Hartford, Conn.
They were each ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device, speeding, following too closely and driving across hazard markings.
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Story topics: January 2019 storm