One person dead, another critically injured following Thruway crash involving vehicle and truck


UPDATE: 5:08 p.m. Aug. 17: State Police have identified the deceased as Thomas B. Sweat, 70, of Buffalo. His 57-year-old passenger, a Buffalo woman, was airlifted by Mercy Flight to ECMC and suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 52-year-old Thruway employee, suffered minor injuries.

According to state police, Sweat had been driving east in the left lane when his Porsche veered off of the left side of the road. The vehicle corrected into the lane before overcorrecting back to the left shoulder, where he struck the back end of the Thruway truck.

The crash is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL: POMFRET, N.Y. (WIVB) – A person is dead after state police say a vehicle struck a truck on I-90 East in Chautauqua County Monday afternoon.

The crash happened around 1:24 p.m. between Exits 59 and 60.

The driver of the vehicle died and a passenger in the vehicle was taken from the scene by Mercy Flight with critical injuries.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries.

I-90 has reopened at the crash site.

We’ll have more information when it becomes available.

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