ADVERTISEMENT

One vehicle smashed against a tree and landed on its side in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday morning that sent two people to the hospital, including one driver who had to be extricated from his vehicle, Orchard Park police said.

The accident, which occurred shortly before 8:40 a.m. at Southwestern Boulevard and Breem Street, caused police to reroute traffic near the end of the morning rush hour.

Orchard Park police Lt. Bruce Dearborn said Chester Przybylo, 81, of Lackawanna, was heading west on Southwestern in his small SUV when he tried to make a left turn with the green light. His vehicle collided with an eastbound pickup truck towing a utility trailer, before striking the tree and landing on its side, police said.

Volunteer firefighters from Windom and Orchard Park cut the roof off Przybylo’s vehicle. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a head injury and lacerations. The driver of the pickup truck, William Martin, 55, of Hamburg, was taken to Buffalo General Hospital for lacerations. Authorities said they believed neither injury was life-threatening.

The driver of the third vehicle involved in the crash was not injured.