3 injured in Hartland head-on collision

Staff Reports Posted 16 April 2017 at 7:43 am

HARTLAND – Three people were injured in a head-on collision on Ridge Road in Hartland on Saturday at 6:43 p.m., the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Investigation shows a west bound vehicle went into the east bound lane causing the collision. Fire personnel on scene had to use the Jaws of Life to extract the driver and front passenger out of the east bound vehicle.

The driver and front passenger of the east bound vehicle were transported by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries. The small child in the east bound vehicle was transported to Children’s Hospital by Ambulance for his injuries.

The driver of the west bound vehicle was transported to the Eastern Niagara Hospital for his non-life threatening injuries.

The names of the occupants are being withheld at this time pending notification of the family. The investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit.

The Hartland Fire Department, Gasport Chemical Hose Company, Tri-Town Ambulance and Mercy Flight all responded, as well as Niagara County deputies.

Editor’s Note: The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office provided this update today at 11:24 a.m. on those injured in the accident:

The occupants of the motor vehicles involved in the injury accident on Ridge Road on April 15 have been identified as 30-year-old Matthew Lukasic of Lockport, 64-year-old Ellen Matesic of Newfane, 32-year-old Maren Smith of Newfane and a 1-year-old from Newfane.

Lukasic is listed in good condition at ECMC, Matesic is listed in serious condition at ECMC, Smith was released from ECMC last night and the 1-year-old is still at Children’s Hospital in good condition.

Charges are pending against Lukasic as the accident is still under investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit.

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