Police say a woman died after a speeding minibus collided with a monument in downtown Buffalo
The unidentified male driver was in critical condition after the accident, which occurred before 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The female passenger, whose name was also not made public, was declared dead at the scene.
Jeff Rinaldo, captain of the Buffer police, told reporters that the vehicle had “reached extraordinary speeds” before crashing into a marble obelisk in front of Buffalo City Hall.
“This is the first time we can see a vehicle that has gone so far and in the air,” Rinaldo said. Police have launched a criminal investigation “to find out exactly what happened,” he said.
Buffalo News reported that the Toyota Sienna exploded through two marble columns that crumpled on the spot and then hit the 96-foot-tall (29-foot-tall) memorial in honor of President William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901 in a New West town. York.