A bizarre turn of events early Thursday morning on the Kensington Expressway has left one motorist dead and three other people injured.
A female driver believed to be in her late 20s was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Route 33 near Suffolk Street at around 2 a.m. when she collided head on with an eastbound vehicle. Both cars caught fire.
The woman was declared dead at the scene. The other driver was taken to Erie County Medical Center with non-lfe-threatening injuries.
Two road workers were struck by a third vehicle while trying to assist the first two victims. They were also taken to ECMC with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was treated at the scene.
The eastbound lanes of the 33 were closed for more than five hours before reopening around 7:30 a.m. There remained a charred stain of the fires on the roadway after the crash was cleared. An investigation is continuing.