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Traffic is still slowed to one lane along the Thruway westbound from Pembroke to Depew.
There was a fatal accident overnight.
A tractor trailer and a cargo van collided around 11 last night, killing the driver of the van.
The name of the driver has not been released.
Both vehicles ran off the highway and rolled over.
Both west bound lanes of the thruway were closed for nearly two hours, but again…one lane has reopened.
The accident happened just inside Erie County near the Pembroke exit.

A Batavia woman is facing several felony counts of welfare fraud.
Authorities say 39-year-old Kerry Ackley of Maple Street received over 11-thousand dollars in welfare benefits and food stamps that she was not entitled to.
Social Services investigators said Ackely collected the benefits for nearly a year and a half while receiving worker’s comp.
Ackley has been released to the custody of Genesee Justice.

The Georgia man accused of sprinting across the New York State Thruway in Batavia in an effort to escape police, has now admitted – he was packing some serious drugs.
26-year-old Derick Barker pleaded guilty in Genesee County Court to a pair of felony counts. The first, was a Criminal Possession charge. Barker admitted he had a large quantity of cocaine the day he ran from police.
The other was a criminal strangulation charge. While Barker was in jail, he admits he choked another inmate in a fit of rage.
Barker is facing up to 8 years in prison. 
He’ll be sentenced in April.

Maybe the caffeine will help you stay awake during tax season. 
Iit’s already begun and the deadline is April 17th.
And once again, GCC is offering free tax help for local residents. The community college will host two more free tax help sessions, for both your federal and state income taxes.
Those sessions are March 6th and March 22nd. You can also make a similar appointment with Genesee County Social Services.
 
The Buffalo Sabres took to the ice last night without Lindy Ruff behind the bench.  The head coach missed last night's home game against Boston due to the broken ribs he suffered during a collision in practice earlier this week.  It was the first time Ruff hadn't been behind the Sabres bench since March 20th of 2006.
The Sabres won the game, 6-0.
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