UPDATE: Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash at Kirk and Giese Roads

Three people were taken to two hospitals after a three-car crash Monday afternoon in Batavia. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening, officials said.

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include details on the number of people involved in the crash and where they were transported for injuries. The updates are highlighted below in bold.

Three people were transported for injuries Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash at Kirk and Giese roads, officials said.

The accident happened at about 5:15 p.m. Monday, Batavia Fire Chief Randy Deicke said. Deicke reported to the scene of the accident with fire crews.

Two people were taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora and another was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Deicke said. A fourth person in one of the vehicles refused treatment.

The Firenet service at 5:51 p.m. Monday reported that extrication was needed for one of the cars involved in the incident.

A Batavia police operator confirmed that both the  and  departments responded to the crash. No one picked up the non-emergency line at Batavia's Fire Station No. 1 during the crash, as they were tending to those involved at the scene.

The operator did not have any further information.

Mayor Speaks On Ambulance Service

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke on Monday evening mentioned the crash during the Mayor's Report portion of the Batavia City Council meeting. He spoke about the important need for ambulance service for residents.

This is what he said:

"The last two weeks we've had 95 ambulance calls," Schielke said. "Tonight we had an accident out at Kirk Road and Geise Road which we had four ambulances, our own two plus two more from outside of town, so when it rains on you, it pours. I think out of all services, the ambulance business is the most valued service we are doing for the citizens of Batavia as far as when they dial 911. Ninety-nine percent of the time they're seriously in need of us getting there as quickly as we can. They need that ambulance."

Jonathan Kovach March 22, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I live off of Chillem and I frequently take left turns off of Kirk/Chillem. The Kirk to Giese/Chillem left turn can be dangerous and I have known this for quite some time. My father was rear ended while turning left onto Chillem and I learned a few things from this. 1.) If you are going to turn left at Chillem or Giese, signal your left turn blinker much earlier than usual. This gives drivers behind you the time to safely change lanes without panic. If you don't, drivers sometimes make risky lane changes behind you. Once one car swerves around you, the next car back is unaware you are completely stopped and must also make a decision to stop with you or swerve around you as well. All it takes is for one person to panic or not check their blind spots and BANG. things happen pretty fast when traveling 45-50 MPH. 3.) If you do everything correctly, the worst case scenario would be someone rear ending you. In this situation, it is very important to have a LIGHT foot on the brake, and your steering wheel completely STRAIGHT. If your wheels are turned to the left you will be pushed into oncoming traffic. 4.) Use common sense.. Only turn when you have enough time to safely cross. Getting home 2 minutes later is a fair trade for a totaled car and multiple injuries/deaths. 5.) Avoid both intersections altogether, especially during rush hour. Instead, use Wind Energy Pass or Pine St. (Both have left turn lanes)
Charles Menchaca March 22, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Jonathan, These are some very helpful points. Thank you for sharing this. I'm sorry to hear your father's car was rear ended trying to turn off of Kirk. I hope he and everyone involved were ok. —Charles Menchaca, Editor, Batavia Patch
Jonathan Kovach March 22, 2011 at 07:24 PM
In response to the discussion about what Batavia can do to prevent this from happening again.. A moderate solution that is quick as well as cheap would be the construction of two road signs stating: GIESE ROAD 1/2 MILE NO LEFT TURN 7:00 - 10:00 AM NO LEFT TURN 4:00 - 7:00 PM This is similar to how some left turns are dealt with in downtown geneva. I would prefer this solution over banning left turns all together at these intersections. We can keep banning or removing anything that causes an accident but that might be a little over the top. Instead we need to think of the best possible way it can be fixed. By either having signs from above, or an additional left turn lane (similar to the left turn lane added on Fabyan and Van Nortwick). In the meantime, if your are turning left at Chillem or Giese and it is very busy, just turn your signal off and keep driving until Pine.
Cathy Agnew Steinbach May 17, 2011 at 05:16 PM
I totally agree with "no left turns" at both Giese and Chillem, especially during rush times. I always use either Wind Energy Pass or Pine when I need to make left turns across Kirk. It's so much safer at a stoplight. I've had way too many close calls at Kirk & Giese over the 23 years I've lived near there. Cathy Steinbach
Buddy June 08, 2011 at 12:00 AM
You lazy people that want to turn left from Chillem or Giese, or want to turn left on Chillem or Giese from the Northbound lane of Kirk need to go up to Pine where there is a light. Sure you might drive a couple of extra blocks, but at least you won't be killing people.


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