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Saturday, February 9, 2013

8-Year-Old Dies in McKean County Crash

An eight-year-old boy is dead following a crash on East Valley Road in Keating Township at just before 3:30 Friday afternoon.

State police say an SUV driven by 20-year-old Tieler Raymo of Smethport was cresting a small hill between Kent Hollow Road and Pierce Brook Road when it went out of control, traveled across the road and hit another vehicle head-on.

The little boy from Shinglehouse, who police did not name, was a passenger in the second vehicle, which was driven by 29-year-old Steven Mehl of Shinglehouse. The child was pronounced dead at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Mehl was first taken to BRMC, but was later taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment of major injuries. Raymo was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The McKean County DA’s office was on the scene of the crash, and the police investigation is continuing.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 2/07/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday looked into possible drug activity on Elm Street, and a possible DUI on Mechanic Street. They investigated a motor vehicle accident on Interstate Parkway and got reports of traffic and parking problems on West Corydon and Kennedy streets.

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Man Who Fired JoePA Over the Phone
Will Not Seek Another Board Term

Penn State Board of Trustees member John Surma advised board leadership informally in December that, due to several new and continuing business commitments, he would be completing his Penn State board service at the conclusion of his existing term in June. He has reconfirmed that intention in connection with the most recent call for nominations/applications for business and industry Trustees, which is currently under way.

"We appreciate very much the leadership John Surma provided during his tenure on the Board," noted Penn State President Rodney Erickson on the university's website. "His expertise and talents were particularly helpful as the inaugural chair of the Board's Subcommittee on Finance and exhibited throughout other key leadership positions. We are fortunate to have someone of John's caliber who was willing to take the time and commitment required to serve his alma mater as a trustee and in many other ways."

"Our community owes a significant debt of gratitude to John Surma and his family," Keith Masser, Board of Trustees chairman, said. also on the university's website. "His years of service to this University and our students is a source of inspiration and pride. We thank him for his sacrifice and celebrate his unwavering commitment to Penn State. I am proud to have served with him on the Board of Trustees."

After the board voted unanimously to fire head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Surma is the one who called Paterno to tell him the news that he was being let go after 46 seasons.

Surma made the phone call on November 9, 2011. Paterno died two months later.

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Men Caught with 450 Pounds of Pot

Two Jamaican nationals are in jail after police found them with more than 400 pounds of marijuana.

The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and members of Troop A arrested the men in Orleans County, as part of an investigation into marijuana trafficking in the Greater Rochester area.

37-year-old Calvin Bennett of the Bronx and 29-year-old Roderick Johnson of Rochester are each charged with criminal possession of marijuana. They are jailed on $200,000 cash bail each.

Police say they the men had a container that held a few pieces of office furniture and nine cardboard boxes. Each box contained a wrapped bale of marijuana that weighed about 50 pounds, for a total of about 450 pounds.

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PA Closing Florida Gun Permit Loophole

Pennsylvania is closing a loophole that lets people get gun permits online from Florida, sometimes when they can’t get them in PA.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane made the announcement today, saying about 4,000 Pennsylvanians have gotten Florida permits since 2001, which let them buy weapons at stores or guns shows in Pennsylvania.

Both states deny permits to convicted felons, but Pennsylvania has an additional clause that lets police reject known suspects or people with long arrest records.

Pennsylvanians with Florida permits will have four months to get a valid PA permit.

You can find more information here.

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Kane Man Dies in Morning Crash

A Kane man is dead after his car collided with a tractor-trailer this morning in Elk County.

State police say 25-year-old Drew Wile was on Pennsylvania Avenue in Highland Township at 6:30 a.m. when his car didn’t stop at the intersection with Route 66 and hit the driver’s side of the tractor-tractor.

Wile was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not hurt.

Route 66 in the area of the accident was closed for about three hours.

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Former Rew Post Mistress
Passes Away at Age 91

Elizabeth Ruth Irons, 91, of Rew, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.

Born on August 25, 1921 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Clifford Paul and Nellie (Griffin) Armstrong.

On July 12, 1943 in the 1st United Methodist Church she married Gordon J. Irons, who died October 28, 2010.

She was a 1939 graduate of Bradford High School and furthered her education and graduated from the Olean Business Institute.

She was employed as a Post Mistress in Rew retiring in 1986 and had previously worked at Dresser Manufacturing from 1941-1965.

Mrs. Irons was a member of the Rew United Methodist Church, the Duke Center Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rew Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving is a daughter, Diana L. Irons, of Martha's Vinyard, Mass., a son, Gordon D. Irons, of Smethport, three grandchildren, Jeremiah Armstrong Brown, Naomi Elizabeth Brown, Reuben Fitzgerald Brown, three great grandchildren, Michael John Maynard, Christian Anthony Flanders, Violet Elizabeth Southwick and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, two brothers Robert D. Armstrong, and John "Jocko" Armstrong, two sisters, Patricia Keppel and Shirley Beadle.

Friends will be invited to attend a memorial service at a later date to be announced at the Rew United Methodist Church with Rev. Fred Moore officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Rew Volunteer Fire Department or Rew United Methodist Church Rew.

Online condolences may be made at

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Inaugural Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k
Announced in Lucy's Hometown of Jamestown

The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Chautauqua Striders and the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy are proud to join in partnership to present the Inaugural Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k.

Runners of all abilities will come to the Jamestown area on October 12-13 (Columbus Day Weekend) for a weekend of events including a 5k run, a sports expo, and a “Night of Comedy”. The festivities will culminate with a 13.1 mile half marathon run on October 13th. The goal of the weekend is to promote a healthy lifestyle and the area of Jamestown.

Race registration is available at The early registration cost to enter the half marathon is $55 for half marathon participants, and $20 for 5k participants. Univera Healthcare members will receive a $5 discount to register for the half marathon participants, and a $2 discount for 5k participants.

The USATF certified course, which begins and ends in Jamestown, runs through the neighboring towns of Lakewood and Celoron. The course travels near the childhood home of Jamestown’s own Lucille Ball and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.

Univera Healthcare will be the title sponsor for the weekend’s events.

“Univera Healthcare is proud to partner with the Jamestown area to help promote healthier living and we look forward to working with the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Chautauqua Striders and the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy to present a great weekend of events, ” said Art Wingerter, CEO for Univera Healthcare.

Wingerter, who was in attendance at a press conference announcing the marathon held Thursday at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, was impressed by the collaborative efforts between the three local not-for-profits, and noted how he anticipates the event to be a success for years to come.

Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, also mentioned how the recent success of the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy made it an easy decision to become involved with marathon that promotes living a healthy, happy lifestyle.

“After our festival we went around to the local businesses in Jamestown and got their feedback,” Gunderson said. “One of the main comments we heard was ‘Wow, this was a fantastic weekend, it’s a big money maker for us; if only there were more of these weekends throughout the year’.”

Jack Keeney, mayor of Celeron, noted how happy he was, along with many local dignitaries, to have Lucille Ball involved with promoting the area.

“Lucy brought big smiles and laughter into people’s lives, and combining humor with fitness is a terrific way to get more people focused on healthier living,” said Senator Catharine Young. “Our small businesses truly will benefit from drawing so many visitors to our region, so this event will give our local economy a shot in the arm. Organizers are to be congratulated for their creativity and innovation.”

“Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau is looking forward to promoting these races,” said Andrew Nixon, executive director for the CCVB. “The half marathon especially should draw hundreds of visitors to the area, exposing them to the wonderful experiences available in the Jamestown area and Chautauqua County”.

Nixon will be participating in the half marathon, although he admits a little extra training will be required.

"It's great to see three great organizations come together to promote our area,” said Bill Daly, administrative director for County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. “The fact that they are all involved with an event of this nature is a sign of a vibrant community. Hopefully, it will draw a large number of participants and spectators, and become an annual event."

For additional information on the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k, contact Phil Genco at 716.484.2624 or visit
 Information on how to become a race volunteer is also available by visiting

Winter Storm Warning Cancelled

The National Weather Service in State College has cancelled the Winter Storm Warning for McKean, Potter and Warren counties. There is still a winter weather advisory until 7 o’clock Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has also downgraded the warning to an advisory in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties. That's in effect until 5 o'clock Saturday morning.

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Stolen Urn, Ashes Returned

An urn containing the ashes of a Pomfret woman’s husband has been returned, after being stolen back in April.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department says the swimming dolphin urn was in a bag on the woman’s front porch Thursday morning when she went outside to walk her dogs. The urn was intact, with only a small chip on the bottom and a few scratches on the side.

An ID specialist has been called in to check for DNA and fingerprints.

The sheriff’s office says they used a media blitz asking for the public assistance, hoping it would put pressure on the burglar to return the urn. They believe the person didn’t know it was an urn, and thought it was a piece of art. They say they believe the person returned it because he was either afraid to display it as art, or “his conscience got to him.” At any rate, they say they are “happy that the victim has recovered her husband’s ashes.”

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Allegany Man Facing Weapons Charge

An Allegany man is charged with criminal possession of a weapon following an incident earlier this month in the Town of Allegany.

23-year-old Zachary Bedard is also charged with obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Sheriff’s deputies did not provide further information on the incident.

Bedard was arraigned, and then sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $2,500 bail.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kane Chamber to Honor
Citizen, Business of the Year

The Kane Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Banquet on Thursday February 21st at the Kane Fire Department to announce Citizen and Business of the Year.

The Chamber of Commerce received many nominations from the Kane Community; it was not easy to narrow down those nominations to the three nominees for Citizen of the Year: Jim Greville II, Larry & Connie Smith and Marilyn Blackmore.

The nominated Businesses of the Year include Zook Motors, Kane Volunteer Fire Department and Kane Hardwoods.

The banquet will honor all of these nominees with a presentation before announcing Citizen and Business of the Year. Tickets to the Annual Banquet are $15.00, which includes a three course meal. Social hour will begin at 5pm, dinner will be served at 6pm and presentations will follow.

Tickets are on sale now at the Kane Area Development Center at 54 Fraley Street. Please contact the Kane Chamber of Commerce at 837-6565 for more information.

McCune, Shoenecker, Others
Re-Elected to UAHS Board

OLEAN, NY- Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center re-elected six current board members to new three-year terms of office at the organizations’ annual meeting on January 30, 2013. The six board members will also serve three-year terms as board members of Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), parent company of the two hospitals.

The re-appointed board members include: Daniel McCune, president and CEO of Allegheny Bradford Corporation ; Muhammed Javed, MD, Physician, Bradford Regional Medical Center & Olean General Hospital; Jill Owens, MD, Physician, Bradford Regional Medical Center; Lynda Quick, Assistant Superintendent, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES; David Prince, President and CEO, Databranch and Jeannine T. Schoenecker, President and Chief Operating Officer,

American Refining Group. Mr. McCune remains Chairman of the Board for both hospitals and UAHS, while Dr. Javed remains Board Secretary for all three organizations. Board members may serve a maximum of three, three-year terms.

Upper Allegheny Health System is the parent company of Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. An integration of two prominent community hospitals in Southwestern New York State and Northwestern Pennsylvania; Upper Allegheny Health System’s goal is the enhancement of each hospital’s mission of care and service to their respective communities with the common goal of improving care, enhancing clinical programs and providing best-in-class service for various health needs.

Bona Wolf Pack Reaches
Sweet 16 in National Contest

St. Bonaventure is back in the national basketball spotlight again.

The university has advanced to the Sweet 16 in the Naismith Awards Student Section of the Year contest, finishing fifth in the three weeks of fan voting that ended at midnight Wednesday, Feb. 6.

St. Bonaventure’s Wolf Pack cracked the top 25 on Jan. 28, and vaulted all the way to the top five in less than 10 days.

“People might be wondering how a school our size did this, but we’ve always known how passionate our students, alumni and fans are,” said Tom Missel, director of marketing and media relations. “Now, since the vote totals reset to zero for the next round, we need all of them to keep up the good work.”

New voting to cut from 16 schools to eight begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and continues through midnight, Feb. 22. Almost 160 Division I colleges participated in the first round of voting.

The schools who reach the final eight will then be evaluated by the Naismith Board over a two-week period using additional criteria, from coordinated attire and percentage of crowd made up by students, to photo and video submissions capturing the spirit of the student section.

The grand-prize winner, to be announced on March 8, will receive a $10,000 donation to the school’s general scholarship fund.

Voting is located on a dedicated Facebook page, but you don’t have to be Facebook member to vote.

Go to and click on the “Student Section Vote” icon just under the thumbs-up “Like” button to register.

Votes can be submitted once per day, per email account. Click on the “Already Registered” link at the top each day you vote, and then type in your email address. That’s all that’s needed for a new vote to register.

Buttons for Facebook and Twitter users to share the voting page to their pages can help the pace of voting tremendously, Missel said.

“Our voting push through the university’s social media channels really helped drive us up the leaderboard,” Missel said. “Twice in the last three days, we had the second-most votes in the country.

“As the smallest school in the top 16 going up against schools like VCU, Kansas, Purdue and Indiana (the top four schools in the voting), anything we can do to make our voting more viral will help us reach the final eight.”

The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award — presented through a partnership of The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), an affiliate of IMG College; and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards — is dedicated to celebrating fans that love college hoops and provide support to their college basketball team with devotion and passion.

For more on St. Bonaventure athletics, visit or download the university’s app at

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of the region.

In McKean, Warren and Potter counties, the warning is from 7 o’clock Friday morning until 7 o’clock Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service in State College says 4 to 6 inches of snow is probable.

The warning is in effect for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties from 4 o’clock Friday morning until 5 o’clock Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo says the storm will drop snow, sleet and freezing rain, with up to 8 inches of snow and sleet probable.

A Winter Storm Advisory remains in effect for Elk and Cameron counties.

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Prom Expo on Sunday

What causes stress for high school students? Tests, grades and SATs? Try gowns, hair and bling. In other words, the prom.

The Bradford Area Public Library will host a Prom Expo from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday for area high school students.

The afternoon will include a runway fashion show featuring students from area schools such as Bradford Area High School, Smethport, Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.) and Salamanca (N.Y.).

"We hope this provides a fun afternoon for everyone as well as bring more awareness to what they library has to offer," said Stephanie Smeal Parsons, community outreach and programs coordinator for the library.

Several vendors will be on hand to assist in various needs. They are Melissa's Bridal Boutique & Tuxedos, Shawn Murray Photography, Premier Jewelry, Lia Sophia Jewelry, The Beach House Tanning Salon, Bradford Therapeutic Massage, Sunset Bay Tanning Salon, Lil Beauty Shop, Shear Designs, Artistry Make Up and Sassy Shoes.

There will also be a photo booth, door prizes, vendor demonstrations plus discounts on merchandise.

Refreshments will be served.

A $5 admission fee is payable at the door.

Fatal Farm Accident in Catt County

A 29-year-old Cattaraugus County man is dead following a farm accident.

Police found the body of August Lindell trapped in his tractor in the middle of a field in Great Valley.

Investigators believe Lindell was cleaning a clog with his feet when the machinery pulled him in.

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Accused Bank Robber Facing More Charges

The Wellsville man arrested Friday for robbing the Community Bank in Alfred is now charged for robbing the same bank in January, and for calling in a bomb threat to the Alfred-Almond School District.

51-year-old Scott Wade is charged with robbery, grand larceny, fleeing from police, falsely reporting an incident and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Wade was arrested Friday after witnesses to the robbery chased him and pointed police in his direction as he tried to get away. He did take police on a brief high speed chase that ended when he crashed his SUV.

Wade is in Allegany County Jail on $100,000 bail. Police believe he may also be connected to bank robberies in the Binghamton area.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Winter Storm Watch in Effect

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Friday morning through Saturday morning for McKean, Warren and Potter counties.

The National Weather Service in State College says the storm has the potential to drop 6 to 8 inches of snow.

A Winter Storm “Watch” means there is the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. If the storm becomes imminent the watch will be upgraded to a warning.

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School Buses Taken Out of Service

Two school buses in the Kane Area School District were taken out of service following a spot inspection by state police this morning.

The inspections on five buses took place between 7:30 and 9 a.m. today, when 27 violations were found. Two citations were issued as well.

Troopers did not say why the buses were taken out of service.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 2/5/13

City of Bradford Police on Tuesday investigated an accident on Chestnut Street and a theft on Interstate Parkway. They also got calls about a domestic incident on State Street and harassment by communication on York Street. Officers also looked into traffic and parking problems on Main and Boylston streets.

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Serial Camp Burglar Sentenced

The second man convicted for a series of camp burglaries throughout McKean, Elk and Cameron counties has been sentenced.

27-year-old Daniel Aiello of Johnsonburg was convicted in August of 189 counts of burglary, and was sentenced Monday to 11 to 30 years in state prison. He was sentenced to an addition 5 to 10 years in prison for a conviction in January on charges of receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His accomplice, 20-year-old Mark Aiello of Kane, testified during his half-brother’s trial. He pleaded guilty in December to 111 counts of burglary and was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in Elk County Jail, followed by 15 years’ probation. The judge said he was given special consideration because, unlike his brother, he had no criminal history.

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Snoozing Man Facing Charges

A South Dayton, New York, man is facing charges following an incident early Tuesday morning.

State police say they were called about an unwanted guest in a Park Street house and found 29-year-old Steven Masters sleeping in the passenger seat of a car parked outside the house at 3:05 a.m.

During their investigation, troopers discovered Masters had a small amount of marijuana and two smoking pipes.

He was released with an appearance ticket for South Dayton Court on Monday.

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Man Dies After Industrial Accident

A man is dead after being pinned in a machine at Brookville Wood products.

33-year-old Brian Gardner of Reynoldsville was hurt at about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday and died about two hours later at Brookville Hospital from head, neck and body trauma.

The machine that pinned him removes rough edges off green hardwood lumber.

Gardner had worked for the company for three years, and operated the machine for two years.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Scarnati, Causer: Budget Proposal is a
Strong Starting Point

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today called the 2013-14 state budget proposal offered by Gov. Tom Corbett “a strong starting point” for negotiations on the challenges facing the Commonwealth.

The $28.44 billion plan presented to a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday represents a 2.4 percent increase in spending over the current year’s budget. It aims to invest more funding in public education, public safety and human services while also working to streamline government operations.

“There’s no question the last few budget years have been pretty lean, and there are more tough decisions ahead,” Causer said. “The governor has given us a good place to start as we work toward adopting an on-time, fiscally responsible budget that prioritizes the core functions of government.”

Causer said he is encouraged by the governor’s plan to invest an additional $338 million in public education, including $90 million more in basic education funding. Other areas of the education budget, including special education and the Accountability Block Grant program, would stay at the same level as the current year, at $1.03 billion and $100 million respectively. The state’s higher education institutions, including the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, also would receive the same level of funding as the current year.

To boost public safety, the governor is proposing funding for 290 new state troopers and 90 dispatchers. In the area of human services, he proposes a $20 million investment to provide services for more people with intellectual disabilities.

To ensure access to health care in rural and other underserved areas, the budget proposal includes $4 million to support creating or expanding community-based health clinics and $1 million for the existing Primary Health Practitioner Loan Repayment Program to recruit providers in rural and underserved areas.

“While I am encouraged by these new investments in rural health care, I am concerned about a $500,000 proposed cut in the budget line for critical care hospitals, which also supports health care in rural areas,” Causer said. “This proposal is just a starting point for the budget process, and there is much work to be done.”

The details of the governor’s budget will be reviewed and discussed by lawmakers over the next several months, starting on Feb. 19 when the House Appropriations Committee convenes three weeks of budget hearings to gather testimony from state agencies and department heads. A final budget must be adopted by the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

February 5, 2013 - Senator Scarnati offers comments following Governor's Corbett's 2013 Budget Address. from Senator Scarnati on Vimeo.

Man Sentenced for Mall Attack

A Coudersport man who assaulted a Bradford man in the Olean Center Mall parking lot a year ago has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court.

28-year-old Ivan Williams will spend a year on conditional discharge and must pay a $500 fine for his conviction on third-degree assault and petit larceny charges.

On February 10, 2012, he and Thomas Washington of Olean hit and robbed the man. Prosecutors have not identified the victim.

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Tanker Crash Investigation Continuing

Police are continuing to investigate a tanker truck crash Monday that closed part of Route 62 in Chautauqua County for more than 12 hours.

The truck driver, 46-year-old William Fisher of Erie, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to WCA Hospital for treatement.

The accident happened at about 6:30 Monday morning when the United Refining tanker went out of control, traveled off the road and flipped over. None of the 7,000 gallons of fuel in the tanker leaked, but about five gallson of diesel fuel did leak from the truck, but the Chautauqua County HAZMAT team contained that spill.

State police opened the road at about 7 p.m.

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