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Runaway dump truck struck by auto causes damage in Boston

ONLY MINOR INJURIES — Pictured, an official examines the passenger car that struck an out-of-control dump truck in Boston on Sept. 24. There were only minor injuries reported as a result of the crash.
BOSTON — A town of Boston woman emerged largely unharmed after driving into the side of a runaway dump truck, which was hauling a large utility trailer carrying a skid steer. The accident happened shortly before noon on Sept. 24,when the operator of the dump truck, Gasperino Fulfaro, 40, of East Amherst, was traveling west on Liebler Road in the town of Boston. He reported that he was going down a steep grade when his brakes failed.

Fulfaro told New York state troopers that he knew he was in trouble, but had nowhere to go as he approached Boston State Road, with homes lining both sides of Liebler Road. The dump truck and trailer combination sped out of control, into the intersection with Boston State Road, at which time it was struck in the side by a passenger car which was driving southbound on Boston State Road.

The passenger car, operated by Linda Prell, 64, of the town of Boston, sustained heavy front-end damage and was dragged 603 feet from where the dump truck left the roadway.

Prell sustained bumps and bruises, but was transported to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation by Boston medical personnel. Troopers said they believed that, had Prell’s vehicle entered the intersection only a moment sooner, her vehicle would have been T-boned by the careening truck and trailer, and the results would have been tragic. The truck operator said he was shaken up, but was otherwise OK.

The damage to personal and town property was extensive. After leaving the roadway, the dump truck tore through a private yard, tearing down a chain link fence, knocked down a utility pole and ripped through a parking area in the town of Boston park, before coming to rest adjacent to a public fishing pond. Some local residents and town officials described it as being “a miracle” that no one else was injured.

The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit impounded the dump truck and trailer, to allow for a complete inspection of the mechanical components. Charges are expected to be filed against the driver, upon the completion of that inspection. Officials said they expect that examination to be completed by early next week.


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