LANCASTER, N.Y. — Authorities say a 45-year-old Rochester woman has died in a multi-vehicle crash on the Thruway’s westbound lanes outside Buffalo.

State police say around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a westbound 2016 Freightliner box truck hit the rear of a 2009 Honda driven by 45-year-old Ellen Volpe of Rochester. Volpe was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers say Volpe’s car struck multiple other vehicles and one person was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened in Lancaster between Exit 48a and Exit 49. It shut down the left lane until around 2 p.m., backing up traffic in the right lane for miles.

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