AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two people have been killed in a tractor trailer crash along Transit Road in Clarence Saturday afternoon, along the border with Amherst.
According to New York State Police, a tractor trailer collided into a mini-van after crossing over the center line causing an impact so strong, that it sent the two vehicles into a nearby veterinary clinic.
Two of the individuals in the van were trapped inside due to the force of the collision. They are identified as Howard Vahue, 75, and Barbara Vahue, 68.
No one knows why the driver of the tractor trailer crossed over the center line. Witnesses say he looked like he was slumped over the wheel. Police identified the driver at Steven Reitz, 54, of Cato, New York.
Police are interviewing a second man who was inside the cab trying to figure out what happened: if he fell asleep, suffered from a medical condition, or if the truck had mechanical problems.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit will further investigate the scene. According to State Troopers, charges were pending late Saturday night.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit is also taking time to investigate the case and perform a full motor inspection of the tractor trailer.
Two of the people inside the vet clinic were not injured.
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