Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Sardinia

August 19, 2010 Updated Aug 19, 2010 at 8:23 AM EDT

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August 19, 2010 Updated Aug 19, 2010 at 8:23 AM EDT

SARDINIA, NY (WKBW) - The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fatal crash that shut down Route 16 in Sardinia, NY for several hours Wednesday.

Police say a vehicle veered into the path of a tractor trailer while traveling on Olean Road (Route 16) just north of Dutchtown Road Wednesday. The vehicle struck the tractor trailer head on.

Emergency crews pronounced the driver of the vehicle dead on the scene.

The crash caused a leak in one of the fuel tanks on the truck, which had to be plugged and cleaned-up before officials could reopen the road.