Rochester woman killed in 5-car crash on Thruway

Ellen Volpe died at the scene of Thursday's crash (Photo: University of Buffalo)

Lancaster, N.Y. (WHAM) - A woman from Rochester was killed Thursday morning in a crash on the New York State Thruway.

State Police said around 9:45 a.m., they were called to the scene of the crash on I-90 West between exits 48A (Pembroke) and 49 (Depew).

According to troopers, a Freightliner box truck driving west crashed into the back of a Honda vehicle that was also driving west.

The driver of the Honda vehicle, later identified as 45-year-old Ellen Volpe, hit at least two other cars after being hit by the box truck.

Volpe was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

One person involved in the crash was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was backed up for five hours along the Thruway as crews worked to clean up the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

The University of Buffalo, where Volpe was employed as a nursing faculty member, released the following statement Thursday:

The School of Nursing and entire UB community is shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Ellen was a beloved professor if the School of Nursing and a very talented teacher and researcher. She will be greatly missed.

Dr. Janice Harbin, president and CEO of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation, released a statement Friday morning.

Ellen was a dedicated family nurse practitioner who worked with the patients and community of our Woodward Center, in the Genesee St neighborhood of Southwest Rochester. She devoted over 10 years of her career providing preventive and chronic care to so many patients. Ellen had a particular passion for the youth of our community, a passion which led her to pursue post-graduate education in adolescent health.
When we think of Jordan Health’s mission - providing the highest quality care with dignity and respect to all – we absolutely think of Ellen Volpe. She approached patients as people, she listened and laughed with them, cried sometimes too. Her team members, from receptionists to nurses and fellow clinicians thought so highly of her and her commitment to patients as people with individual stories to be told and heard. Ellen believed in health and wellness and delivered care in a compassionate and high-energy way.
We are all in shock and are so very, very sad. What a loss for our community. Ellen will be missed greatly by her Jordan Health family.
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