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NFTA transit officer injured after patrol vehicle strikes building

A transit officer for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority was injured Thursday after his patrol vehicle crashed into a building at Main and Best streets, according to NFTA Police Chief George W. Gast.

Gast said the accident happened at about 5:15 p.m., when the officer, whose name was not released Thursday, was responding to a report of a domestic incident at the Allen/Medical Campus Station. Gast said the patrol officer was driving on Main Street with his lights flashing and siren blaring as he approached a green traffic signal at Best Street.

Another vehicle made a left turn in front of the officer, said Gast, who added that it had not yet been determined Thursday if the two vehicles collided. The NFTA transit officer's patrol car slid into an open field and struck a building. The driver of the other vehicle did not stop, he said.

Gast said the officer's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, though he suffered a serious injury to his wrist and was being prepared to go into surgery at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The driver of the other vehicle had not yet been identified Thursday, said Gast, who added that finding the driver will be part of NFTA police's ongoing investigation.

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