GRAND ISLAND, NY - Three people from Michigan are dead after the car they were riding in was struck by a car traveling the wrong way on the I-190 early Monday morning.
The crash happened near Whitehaven Road on Grand Island just before 1 a.m. Monday.
State Police investigators tell 2 On Your Side that a vehicle driven by Richard Hildebrand, 87, of Kenmore was traveling north in the southbound lane of the I-190 when he hit another vehicle. New York State Police Sgt. Brian Guise tells 2 On Your Side, "it wasn't a head on, front to front, but passenger side to passenger side."
Three passengers in southbound Toyota Camry were instantly killed.
Hildrebrand, and the driver of the other vehicle, Burhanur B. Rahman, 22, of Hamtramck, Michigan were both taken to ECMC. Both are in critical condition.
The three people in Rahman's vehicle that died are identified as:
Shofiul Alom, 20, Nazim Khan, 21, and Rezwan Chowdhury, 21, all of Hamtramck, Michigan.
State Police believe the young men were here visiting Niagara Falls. A language barrier has somewhat hampered their effort to gather more information from the victims family members.
An eyewitness says that State Troopers put out a fire in one of the vehicles using a fire extinguisher. She also witnessed firefighters cut a victim out of the vehicle.
Troopers are still investigating the accident. The I-190 southbound has since been reopened.
Some are calling for elderly drivers to be retested in the State of New York. A local family started an on-line petition to push the movement.