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Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office investigating deadly crash involving farm tractor

The driver of a pickup truck rear-ended a farm tractor on Allegany Road in the Town of Hanover Sunday afternoon.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly accident involving a farm tractor that happened over the weekend.

According to officials, the incident happened on Sunday just before 3:40 p.m. on Alleghany Road in the Town of Hanover. A 2021 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by a Arthur R. Zynda, 75, of South Dayton, NY, was driving southbound on Alleghany Road when he allegedly rear-ended a farm tractor that was driving south down the shoulder of the road.

The operator of the tractor, identified as Samuel E. Restivo, 76, from Jamestown, was ejected from the tractor and sustained serious injuries. Restivo was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Zynda suffered minor injuries and was released by medical personnel on the scene. Deputies say Zynda was issued a citation for unsafe passing.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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