CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A tractor-trailer crashed into the Monroe Tractor building in Cheektowaga around 4 p.m. Monday, injuring three people and causing the closure of Genesee Street west of Transit Road during the evening commute.
The Cheektowaga Police Department said in a media release that the driver of a passenger car failed to yield while turning into an apartment complex and pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer heading east on Genesse at around 4 p.m. The tractor-trailer swerved but still hit the vehicle, then careened into the business. The crash caused two steel beams to go through the semi’s windshield, missing the 11 year-old passenger by less than 6 inches, according to police.
“Horrifying, to describe it/ Especially an 11 year-old child, you never want to see anyone hurt but especially a child,” said Cheektowaga police captain Brian Coons. “Just had a scratch or something on his arm, it was definitely a miracle.”
Police identified those injured in the crash Tuesday as 50-year-old Craig Waldron, who was driving the tractor-trailer, as well as his 11-year-old son, who was a passenger. The driver of the car, a Hyundai, was 20-year-old Mainul Hoque.
Waldron and Hoque were both taken to ECMC with non-life-threatening injuries, while Waldron’s son was transported to Oishei Children’s Hospital with minor injuries, according to police.
Hoque was ticketed for failure to yield and unsafe lane change.
Genesee was closed from Holtz Drive to Transit, a span of roughly a mile, while authorities responded to the crash, but is now fully cleared as of 10:35 p.m. You can view our interactive Traffic Map here.
Monroe Tractor is a commercial and industrial equipment supplier. The company was founded in Henrietta in 1951 and has expanded to 18 locations across the Northeast.
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