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NIAGARA FALLS – Three people not wearing seat belts were injured when their minivan was struck and rolled over in a two-vehicle crash just after noon Wednesday at Packard and Simmons roads, city police said.

The crash happened at 12:10 p.m. as the minivan heading eastbound on Simmons Road crossed the intersection at Packard Road and was struck by a small pickup carrying two men heading north on Packard Road. The men in the pickup were not injured, said Traffic Capt. Salvatore Pino.

Pino said the force of the impact caused the minivan to flip over onto its driver’s side and slide down the street.

“Those inside the van did not have their seat belts on and they were all taken to the hospital,” Pino said.

He said all occupants of the van were conscious and alert at the scene. He said one elderly man appeared to suffer more from the impact due to his age and previous health conditions and was taken to Erie County Medical Center. The others were taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Names of those involved in the crash were not immediately released. Charges and the cause of the remain under investigation, but the occupants of the van will likely face charges for not wearing seat belts, Pino said.



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