Police and rescue workers in Niagara County scrambled during an unseasonably nice day Thursday to two motorcycle crashes as well as a boat mishap in Wilson Harbor – all within a half-hour.
The most serious crash occurred in the Town of Lockport, when a sport utility vehicle and a motorcycle collided about 12:40 p.m. in the 5900 block of South Transit Road, in front of the Big Lots Plaza.
The first calls for aid indicated that at least one victim may have had a leg amputated in the crash. At least two injured people were taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.
The crash remained under investigation Thursday night and information about the extent of any injuries was not yet released.
City of Lockport, South Lockport and Wrights Corners firefighters responded, along with state police.
Meanwhile, Sanborn Fire Department rescue crews and the Lewiston Police Department handled a motorcycle crash at 12:29 p.m. on Chew Road. The injured man was “up and walking around” following the crash, police said.
Officer Travis Maggard said the motorcyclist came around a curve too quickly between Mount Hope and Saunders Settlement roads and lost control, sliding into a ditch. The man, who was not ticketed, suffered minor cuts and scrapes, Maggard said.
At 12:20 p.m., boaters trying to help a fellow boater during the beautiful day ended up submerged at the Wilson Pier.
Sheriff James R. Voutour said two men in a motorboat tried to help a sailboat which had become grounded at the pier.
“The sailboat was running the engine full bore, since they were stuck, and once they came free [the sailboat] catapulted past the motorboat, spinning it around, and started to pull it backwards, which took it right under water,” Voutour said. No injuries were reported.
Wilson volunteer firefighters helped sheriff’s deputies aid the boaters. The U.S. Coast Guard and Olcott Volunteer Fire Department were called to remove the overturned boat.