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19-car pileup shuts down part of Thruway, banned tractor trailers involved

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 11:55:21-05

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Police are investigating a pileup that involved 19 vehicles on the Thruway.

Police say the crash happened on the eastbound I-90 near Batavia around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Police say 19 vehicles, which includes 16 passenger vehicles, a box truck and two tractor trailers. There was a tractor trailer ban in effect at the time of the crash.

The pileup prompted the closure of all eastbound lanes at Exit 48A in Pembroke and Exit 48 in Batavia.

Troopers say a tractor trailer jack knifed, striking Trooper Dominique Wilson's patrol vehicle from behind, which caused Trooper Wilson to be sideswiped by a second tractor trailer.

Trooper Wilson sustained non-life threatening injuries.

55-year-old Edward F. Dejoy of hamburg and 60-year-old Michael L. Bushek of Palmyra were also injured in the pileup.

All were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Trooper Wilson remains in stable condition, Dejoy and Bushek were treated and released.

Thw two tractor trailer drivers, 41-year-old Richard Magezi of Fort Worth, Texas and 54-year-old Michael Lambert of Hartford, CT were ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device, speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely and driving across hazard markings.

Gov. Cuomo issued this statement on the crash:

"Earlier this evening a 21-vehicle accident occurred in Monroe and Genesee counties that shut down sections of the Thruway and Interstate-390 amid already dangerous storm conditions. Among those vehicles was at least one tractor-trailer which was banned from the roads and shouldn't have been there to begin with.

"Tractor trailer and truck restrictions exist for the safety of the driver, but also for the safety of everyone else on the road and first responders. Our message tonight is simple: violating the tractor trailer ban is illegal. Violators will be punished with fines up to $450, two points on the license and potential criminal charges. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but make no mistake: anyone found to have done something they shouldn't will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."