Collision Injures Two

POLAND – Two people were airlifted to a trauma hospital following an accident in the town of Poland on Tuesday afternoon.

Kennedy and Falconer firefighters were dispatched at 3:05 p.m. to Route 394 at Dry Brook Road for the crash. According to Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies, an eastbound silver Toyota Camry, driven by a 16-year-old from Cattaraugus, turned in front of a westbound Ford pickup truck, driven by Clinton L. Waite, 56, of Randolph.

The truck struck the front passenger side of the car, police said.

Firefighters worked for more than a half-hour to extricate a female passenger in the car, Linda Exford, 67. Waite and Linda Exford were transported by helicopter to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., for non-life-threatening injuries.

“The injuries were serious enough where we wanted to take them by helicopter,” said Kennedy fire Chief Greg Scott. “But I wouldn’t call them life-threatening.”

The 16-year-old driver told sheriff’s deputies he misjudged the speed of the oncoming truck. He was treated at the scene by first responders for minor injuries.

No charges are expected to be filed.

Route 394 was closed to traffic in both directions for more than two hours. Alstar Ambulance, Star Flight and STAT MedEvac also were on the scene Tuesday.