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Bergen Teenager Dies in Train Accident


PHOTO: First responders shield the tragic scene Friday afternoon.

Photo: The Batavian


A Bergen teenager was killed Friday afternoon after being struck by two trains at the Lake Street rail crossing in Bergen. 16-year-old Eric Wall apparently avoided the pedestrian crossing gate – which was down – and was first struck by a westbound Amtrak train, and then an eastbound CSX freight train. Wall was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened at 2:47PM. The Amtrak train was train number 63, the Maple Leaf from New York City to Toronto. Speeds for passenger trains in the area are set to 79 miles per hour.

One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon that occurred on the Zig Zag Road in the Orleans County Town of Gaines. 65-year-old Victor Wilston of Albion was killed in the crash. Orleans county Sheriff’s Deputies say Wiltson was pulling into the roadway from a private driveway with his Jeep Suburban when he was struck by a pick-up truck driven by 18-year-old Mitchell Kirby of Albion. Kirby was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The investigation has revealed excessive speed was a contributing factor in the fatal accident.  The accident remains under investigation.

Alcohol appears to have been the cause of a one-vehicle accident on East Lake Road in the Wyoming County Town of Castile. The driver, 26-year-old Cassie Hughes of Orchard Street in Silver Springs reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole. The crash caused live wires to go across the roadway, which was closed until New York State Electric & Gas could clear the wires. Both Hughes and her sister, Katie Hughes, a passenger, left the scene. After an investigation, Cassie Hughes was apprehended and charged with DWI, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Failing to Keep Right. Cassie Hughes was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of a leg injury and then released. Katie Hughes also suffered minor injuries.

The theft of a motor vehicle being used by the Cowlesville Fire Department for training purposes has led to an arrest. 43-year-old Edward Culliton of West Seneca has been charged with Grand Larceny. He allegedly sold the vehicle for cash to a salvage yard in Erie County. Culliton was also charge with Petit Larceny for allegedly stealing five beer kegs on April 20th from the former North Java Inn.

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