Boulders Removed from Hamburg Round-About

November 18, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 18, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW-TV) - Large decorative boulders inside a southtowns traffic circle are now gone. Department of Transportation crews were spotted removing them Friday morning.

Ironically, this comes three weeks after an early morning traffic accident claimed the life of Kenny Braun. Police say on the morning of October 28, Braun hit the curb of the roundabout, struck the boulders causing the car erupt in flames. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Braun's family was on hand at the scene as crews loaded boulder after boulder onto a flat bed truck and hauled them away.

"Obviously if they were safe they wouldn't be taking them down," said Renee Wall, Kenny Braun's sister. "Obviously they knew they weren't safe or my brother would be here today."

Late Friday evening we talked to Darrell Kaminski, Acting Regional Director for Region 5 NYSDOT, he said there was some damage done to the boulders and the roundabout and needs to be repaired. When we asked if those rocks would be replaced he said something needs to be put back whether its rocks, fiberglass rocks or shrubs to help signal to drivers the road does not continue straight. Kaminski said something will go in there come the spring.