Local Man Killed in Head-On Crash

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM EDT

(Town of Lewiston, NY) Police are trying to figure out why a passenger car crashed head-on into a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction near Ransomville, NY.

The collision killed a 35-year old Village of Lewiston man who was driving a 2002 Hyundai Elantra.

The crash occurred around 8:47am in the 2700 block of Ridge Road in the Town of Lockport.

"I heard a loud bang," says resident Pam Salerno. "It sounded like a plow hitting the road," added neighbor Sue Redden.

Lewiston Police say witnesses reported seeing the passenger car drift into the westbound lanes directly in front of the oncoming truck. Both vehicles were badly damaged and ended up in ditches on opposite sides of the road.

52-year old Alfredo Figueroa was driving the tractor trailer. The truck is owned by Buffalo Fuel Corporation in Niagara Falls. Figueroa told police that he was uninjured and was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for evaluation.

Buffalo Fuel Corporation (BFC) is a leading transporter of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial wastes. Police said the truck was not hauling hazardous wastes when the crash occurred.

Hazmat crews from Lewiston, the Department of Conservation, and Op-Tech Environmental Services were called to the scene to help clean up a minor amount of diesel fuel.

Lewiston Police, Niagara County Sheriff's, New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Team, and the Ransomville Fire Department all responded to the morning accident.

Route 104 was closed for over 7 hours while crews removed vehicles and cleaned up debris.

The deceased man's name is being withheld pending notification of his family.