Two injured after van collides with tanker truck in Wheatland

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Wheatland, N.Y. (WHAM) - Roads in Wheatland Center were closed down Monday morning after a crash involving a van and a tanker truck.

Initial calls about the crash came around 8:15 a.m. on Scottsville-Mumford Road near Wheatland Center Road.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies said a van driving north on Wheatland Center Road did not stop at a stop sign and flashing red light at the intersection of Scottsville-Mumford Road. At the same time, a tanker truck was driving through the intersection with a flashing yellow light and was hit by the van, sending it off the side of the road and onto its side. The driver of the van was thrown from the vehicle.

The tanker truck was carrying 1,000 gallons of gasoline and 800 gallons of diesel fuel, which began to leak from the truck immediately after the impact. Hazmat crews were called to the scene after a Level 1 hazmat situation was declared.

13WHAM is told much of that gasoline was prevented from spilling, a relief to crews responding to the crash.

Deputies said the driver of the van suffered head, upper body and abdominal injuries after being thrown from the vehicle; the tanker truck driver suffered abdominal injuries. The van driver is said to be in stable condition. The truck driver has since been released from the hospital.

Deputies say the driver of the medical transport van was issued a failure to yield at a stop sign, and not wearing seat belt.

The drivers' names are not being released at this time.

Some neighbors in the area say they are concerned about their drinking water.

“We are going to get bottled water until we hear some notice on the gasoline spilled. It was by the well,” said Karen McKay, who lives nearby.

This is a developing story; 13WHAM News will have more information as it is made available.

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