The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

November 4, 2013

Accident causes power outage

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Eastern parts of Orleans County and the Village of Holley suffered a power outage early Friday morning.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department reported a traffic crash in the Town of Murray at about 8 a.m. in the 3500 block of Fancher Road. Richard J. Breslawski, 23, of Hamlin (Monroe County), was operating an 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck and was exiting westbound State Route 31 onto northbound Fancher Road when he lost control of his vehicle.

The report said the truck jack-knifed, striking several parked cars at A&M Transmission Service at 3581 Fancher Road before shearing off a National Grid utility pole. Breslawski, the sole occupant of the truck, was not injured. The truck is owned by Charles Breslawski Farms, of Hamlin. There was no cargo on board at the time of the incident.

Unsafe speed is a probable factor in the crash, deputies reported.

Also assisting at the scene were firefighters from the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray and Holley Fire Departments. That section of Fancher Road remained closed to traffic for several hours.

The crash, combined with severe winds that swept through the county on Friday, led to several reported power outages according to National Grid. It reported that the hardest hit areas were northern Erie County and portions of Niagara County, along with regions just to the east.

According to reports, the vast majority of power interruptions were restored by the end of the day on Friday, though some lasted into Saturday.