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Grand Island accident injures two

Updated: July 05, 2010, 12:02 pm /
Published: July 05, 2010, 12:02 pm

Two 24-year-old men were admitted to Erie County Medical Center in stable condition today, after they had to be pulled out of a vehicle that went off the road, traveled down a steep embankment and struck a tree early this morning in Grand Island.

The driver, Donald Holdoway, of Grand Island, and his passenger, Michael Vallina, of West Seneca, were admitted to regular rooms at ECMC.

Grand Island Fire Co. officials said that Holdoway was driving at about 1:30 a.m. on East River Road, where he failed to negotiate a sharp curve. After the vehicle went down the embankment and struck the tree, both men were pulled from the heavily damaged vehicle and treated for serious injuries by Grand Island Fire Co. medics.

Vallina was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. Holdoway was transported by ambulance.

Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher reported that firefighters and medics handled 10 emergency incidents, including this accident, between 4 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. today.