Dunkirk police chief injured in accident

The recent rash of accidents in the local area continued Thursday and this time it involved a city of Dunkirk police vehicle. The two-car personal injury accident occurred at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 60 in the town of Pomfret around 11 a.m.

According to the state police in Fredonia, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano was headed south on Route 60 when a vehicle driven by Paula Shively of Fredonia made a left turn into the path of Ortolano’s vehicle.

Ortolano was transported to Brooks Hospital for knee and hand pain. Shively was transported to Brooks Hospital for chest and hand pain.

The accident, which left parts of the vehicles scattered in the road, is still under investigation. The vehicle Ortolano was operating ended up in the property between Route 60 and Rite Aid while Shively’s vehicle ended up in the intersection.

Mayor Anthony J. Dolce said the chief was heading to a meeting when the accident occurred. Dolce said he has spoken to Ortolano since the accident.

“I talked to him a couple times. He said he was going home from the hospital to rest it up,” Dolce added. “I wouldn’t put a hard date on it, but he’ll make a full recovery.”

As for the police vehicle, the mayor said it was the one the chief used.

“We’ll have to figure out something for him, but we’re fine for patrols,” he added.