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It was a spectacular sight along the New York State Thruway near Pembroke.
A tractor-trailer hauling brand new cars, burst into flame yesterday afternoon backing up traffic for five miles.
The driver said he first saw flames coming up from under the dashboard of the cab. Within minutes the cab and three band new cars were on fire. Firemen managed to save five of the new vehicles on the truck.
The mishap occurred in the eastbound lane of the thruway between the Pembroke and Batavia exit.
Photo Courtesy The Batavian

Fire of unknown cause destroyed a home on Austin Road in Attica.
That blaze erupted early yesterday morning.
The occupants safely escaped.
Attica Fire Chief Bob Willard said the weather hampered the fire fighting effort.
A dozen fire companies from Genesee and Wyoming Counties fought that blaze. Some were on the scene for four hours.

Some tense moments at Dansville High School.
A 10th grade student pulled a large hunting knife in class. There were 21 other students in the room along with a teacher. The students were allowed to leave the classroom. A sheriff’s investigator managed to talk the knife-wielding student into to giving up. The student was 15 and be charged as a juvenile.

Starting on January 1st drivers across New York State will be required to move over a lane when approaching an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.  If you don't you could be hit with some pretty hefty fines starting at $275.  Drivers who are unable to change lanes because of traffic are required to slow down when passing a police car, fire truck or ambulance parked on the shoulder.  Authorities say the law is in honor of a state trooper and an Onondaga County sheriff's deputy who were both killed in the line of duty.

United Memorial Medical Center shows off its new 20-million dollar addition today.
The hospital is holding a public open house from 3 until 7.
The project includes five new operating rooms along with a new main entrance and admissions area.


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