Deadly Crash On the 33 Started As Street Race, Police Say

BUFFALO, N.Y. - At least one person is dead after a horrific early-morning crash in Buffalo Saturday.

Police say it appears two vehicles were racing on Main Street, and one of the vehicles turned onto Woodlawn Avenue going in the wrong direction. That vehicle crashed through the guardrail, plunged onto the Kensington Expressway, rolled onto its roof and burst into flames.

Emergency crews tried to get the victim, a male in his late 40's, out of the vehicle, but he died on scene, according to police.

Investigators say the other car involved in the race also crashed. Officers are questioning that driver.

Dave Mangus with Rural Metro pulled up to the scene when the heat and flames became too intense for his crew to withstand.
They attempted to get the man out of the vehicle for about two minutes.

"The fact that these guys were trying to get this guy out who was conscious at the time and not able to remove them from the car is something that sticks with anybody in this industry for the rest of your life," Mangus said."

"Paramedics are not normally the first person on scene and obviously they are not equipped to handle that kind of rescue effort," Regional Director Jay Smith of Rural Metro Western New York said. "So in this case they really just went above and beyond doing whatever they could do."

The Rural Metro Crew did receive non life threatening injuries, like cuts on their hands trying to rescue the man in the vehicle.

Investigators said the other car involved in the race also crashed and officer are in the process of question that driver. the victim's name has not been released.


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