07 May 2022
Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander



On May 7, 2022, at about 1:27 a.m., State Police responded to reports of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-90 in Erie County. Troopers spotted the vehicle heading westbound in the eastbound lane in Hamburg. Troopers initially attempted to stop the vehicle with emergency lights activated while traveling behind it in the eastbound lane, but the driver failed to comply. Troopers entered a u-turn and crossed over to the westbound lanes and continued to follow the vehicle in an attempt to get the driver to stop for several miles until it crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer in Evans.

The driver of the wrong way vehicle was killed.  He has been identified as Benjamin S. Wence, 44, of Buffalo, NY. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Stephen M. Black, 30, of Phelps, NY, suffered a minor injury.

State Police notified the NYS Attorney General’s Office. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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