Fatal Crash on Route 219

January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

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Fatal Crash on Route 219

January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

Town of Ellicottville, NY (WKBW-release) The New York State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred at 1:37p.m. on Sunday January 16th on Route 219 in the Town of Ellicottville.

According to officials, Matthew Disch, 33 years old from Henrietta, was traveling northbound on approximately 1/10 of a mile north of Jackman Hill Road. Disch lost control of his 2005 GMC Canyon on the snow and ice covered roadway and crossed into the southbound lane, striking a 2005 Ford Escape head on.

The operator of the Escape, Joseph Faircloth, 53 years old of Lackawanna, was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were three other occupants in the vehicle, and all were transported to Bertrand-Chaffee hospital with minor injuries.

Disch was also transported to Bertrand-Chaffee with a broken ankle.

The investigation is continuing at this time. According to police, there is no indication of any criminal action.