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27-year-old woman dead, man seriously hurt in crash in Gowanda

Posted at 8:11 PM, Oct 21, 2021

GOWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Police in Gowanda say a 27-year-old woman is dead and a man is seriously hurt following a crash on Sand Hill Road, Thursday afternoon.

Investigators say two vehicles crashed head on while the drivers were going opposite directions on Sand Hill Road, just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The woman, 27-year-old Elizabeth Tonello of Gowanda was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the other car, Neal Bennett, was flown to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight.

Patrol officers say that Tonello was responding to a family emergency at the time of the crash.

The New York State Accident Investigation Unit continues to investigate.

The Village of Gowanda Police Department shared a link to a GoFundMe for the family on their Facebook page Thursday.