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Sloan teen killed in rollover crash in West Seneca

Five other people were hurt and taken to the hospital.

WEST SENECA, N.Y. — A 17-year-old boy is dead and five others were hurt following an early-morning crash Sunday at the intersection of Langner and Fisher roads.

It happened just before 5:30 a.m.

West Seneca Police say one vehicle had rolled over. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He's identified as Tyler Wackowski of Griffith St. in Sloan. 

Police say the other victims' injuries are not life-threatening. They include three 17-year-old males from West Seneca, and 17 and 18-year-old females, also from West Seneca. All have been released from the hospital with the exception of the 17-year-old female. Police will not release the names due to their ages and HIPAA Law.

The department's accident investigation unit is looking into the cause of the crash; however Lt. James Unger said speed may have played a role. When police arrived on the scene, Unger said the vehicle was on fire. The five passengers managed to escape the flames with help from a neighbor, but Wackowski did not.

Unger also said beer cans were found inside and outside of the vehicle. It's not known if the victim had been drinking and if that may have been a factor. An autopsy was scheduled to take place on Monday.

"The West Seneca Police are deeply saddened by this tragedy and pray for the family of the victim on what should be a Happy Mother's Day," said a department spokesperson.


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