The inbound Skyway was closed this morning for about an hour and a half after a six-vehicle crash at 6:52 a.m., creating a major headache for rush-hour commuters heading into Buffalo from the Southtowns.
The Skyway reopened about 8:30 a.m.
Several injuries were reported in the multi-vehicle wreck, but none was serious, according to Buffalo police.
Police and firefighters responded.
The crash occurred on the inbound lane, leading authorities to divert traffic to Tifft Street. Major tieups were expected throughout rush hour, with the mainline Thruway backed up all the way to Route 219 because of the Route 5 overflow.
Commuters caught in the rush-hour mess, though, suggested that the Thruway still was a better option than Route 5 for Southtowns residents commuting into the city. While the Thruway traffic was congested, commuters said that was a quicker option than Route 5.
Meanwhile, a tractor-trailer heading out of the city, from the southbound Niagara Thruway to the westbound Thruway, went out of control and went over a ravine, with part of the truck’s cab sitting at the bottom of the ravine. The driver did not suffer any significant injury.
Authorities were waiting until after rush hour to remove the disabled truck from the edge of the ravine, State Police Sgt. Derrick Harris said.