Slippery roads caused numerous accidents around the Buffalo region Saturday, including a crash between a pickup and a tractor-trailer that killed a Batavia man in the Genesee County Town of Alexander.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Frank R. Demarco III, 48, of State Street.
The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m., when Demarco was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup east on Route 20, sheriff’s officials said.
Demarco lost control of the pickup on the snow-covered highway and crossed into the path of a westbound tractor-trailer driven by Douglas E. McPherron, 54, of Clayton.
The pickup ended up in a ditch, while the tractor-trailer came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
Demarco, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s officials said.
A passenger in Demarco’s pickup, Brandon J. Eck, 32, of Rochester, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, officials added.
McPherron was taken to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia for a medical evaluation.
The initial investigation indicates that slippery road conditions and improper speed due to road conditions may be contributing factors.
Anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of snow fell on the region throughout the day on Saturday, with the heaviest snow accumulating between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., said Shawn Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
As a result, police agencies throughout the region – from Amherst to East Aurora to Cattaraugus County – reported a number of weather-related accidents on Saturday, particularly during the morning hours. Most were minor.
Officials of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office cautioned drivers to slow down on Saturday, after responding to several crashes – on Routes 16, 219 and 62 and Interstate 86, said Lt. David A. Schuman.