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Former Erie County Democratic Chairman Joseph F. Crangle was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday in Sisters Hospital after he suffered serious neck and back injuries in a car accident Monday on Colvin Boulevard in Kenmore.

John J. Crangle, the Tonawanda Democratic chairman who is the elder Crangle’s nephew, said his uncle was en route to the noon Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda when the accident occurred.

Crangle, 81, served as county Democratic chairman from 1965 to 1988 and was also state chairman in the 1970s.