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Albion man hospitalized after Shelby accident

Posted 16 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department

SHELBY – An Albion man was hospitalized on Tuesday evening following a head-on crash with an 18-wheel tractor-tanker truck.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in the 5000 block of South Gravel Road (Route 63) in the town of Shelby. Stephen G. Thomas II, 24, was driving a 1998 Buick sedan north when he crossed the center line and collided with a 2013 International tractor that was hauling a tanker trailer with refrigerated liquid oxygen.

After the collision, Thomas’s car ran off the east side of the roadway and came to a rest in a residential yard. Thomas was trapped in the car for about 45 minutes before being extricated by Shelby firefighters. He was then air-lifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Mercy Flight helicopter.

Shawn W. Scott, 32, of Derby was driving the truck. He was not injured but was transported to Medina Memorial Hospital by the Medina Fire Department ambulance as a precautionary measure.

The truck and tanker is owned by the Linde Group LLC, based in Germany with a local terminal in Buffalo. The tractor sustained heavy damage, however the tank was not compromised, nor was the approximate 800 to 1,000 gallons of liquid oxygen on board.

Representatives of the Linde Group were on scene. There was minimal spillage of diesel fuel and the hydraulic fluid was quickly contained by the fire department.

Route 63 was re-opened to traffic at 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Deputy D.S. Klips, who is assisted by Sergeant G.T. Gunkler, Lt. R.E. Perry and Chief Deputy T.L. Drennan. State troopers from the Albion barracks also assisted at the scene.