BATAVIA — Two Pembroke teenagers were in critical, but stable condition at Erie County Medical Center early this morning after the car they were in was struck by a tractor-trailer on Tuesday night in the area of 3872 State Route 5.
A third area teen was also injured in the crash, which was reported to Genesee County Emergency Dispatch at 9:15 p.m.
Sheriff’s deputies said a red 2013 Chevy Impala with three occupants was leaving the parking lot at Dave’s Ice Cream and pulled in front of a 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was traveling eastbound on Route 5, which is also West Main Street Rd.
The tractor-trailer struck the driver’s side of the Impala, sending the vehicle to the north shoulder of the roadway where it came to a rest. The Freightliner continued east and came to a rest in the middle of Route 5, deputies said.
At least two of the car’s occupants needed to be extricated from the car.
Daniel P. Sonnenfeld, 19, of Pembroke, who was determined to be the operator was the vehicle, was transported by Mercy Ambulance to ECMC, with what was described as serious injuries.
A passenger, Gabriel Johnston, 18, of Pembroke, was transported via Mercy Flight to ECMC for series injuries.
Sonnenfeld and Johnston were both listed as critical, but in stable condition, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A third person, Phouthason S. Kittisack, 18, of Batavia, sustained minor injuries and was released at the scene.
The tractor-trailer, bearing an Indiana registration, was operated by Ronald J. Crosby, 45, of Buffalo. Crosby did not sustain any injuries and was released at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Town of Batavia Fire Department, East Pembroke Fire department, Mercy EMS, State Police and City of Batavia Police Department.
A portion of Route 5 was closed as the investigation continued late Tuesday.