27-year-old woman dead, man in serious condition after head-on Gowanda crash

GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 27-year-old Gowanda woman is dead, and a man is in serious condition after a head-on collision on Sand Hill Road Thursday afternoon.

The Gowanda Police Department said Elizabeth Tonello was driving west at 12:41 p.m. on Sand Hill to a family emergency when she veered into the eastbound lane and crashed into another vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man from Gowanda was driving the other vehicle. He was airlifted by MercyFlight to Erie County Medical Center, where he’s in serious condition.

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The New York State Accident Investigation was on the scene, and an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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