AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police are investigating what caused the driver of a cube van to veer onto the sidewalk and then into the road striking a car before crashing into a church building on Maple Road.
Authorities say the incident began shortly before noon on Friday, when the driver of the cube van owned by a painting company, 31-year-old Jeffery Ebert, veered off Maple Road near Sherbrook and traveled down the sidewalk before swerving into traffic and striking a vehicle. From there, Amherst Police say the cube van crossed the west bound lanes of Maple at a high rate of speed and went into the driveway for the Faith United Church of Christ School, which was letting out at the time.
Thankfully, though many parents and students were in the area, none were injured. Police say the van struck a large driveway post, drove across the front lawn narrowly missing the school building, before smashing into a church building, which it bounced off of and then struck a large tree.
Ebert was taken to ECMC with head injuries. The driver of the car he struck, 37-year-old Shane Grant, and her 11-year-old son were not injured.
The crash caused $5,000 damage to the church building. Police say the cause remains under investigation.
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