Fatal crash shuts down stretch of Thruway near Transit

State Police confirm one fatality
Posted at 2:33 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 12:58:07-05

The Thruway has reopened after a multi-vehicle crash shut down the eastbound lanes near the Depew exit just east of Transit Road on Tuesday. Authorities reported dozens of vehicles were involved.

State Police say 64-year-old Edward Torres, of Elba, was killed in the accident on the I-90 eastbound.

A second person was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say a tractor trailer traveling eastbound in the right lane reacted to an accident ahead and came to an abrupt stop. Torres was also traveling eastbound behind the trailer and was unable to stop.

State Police say Torres struck the back of the tractor trailer. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Multiple people at the scene were treated for minor injuries.