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A van rolled over on Steven Hawley Drive Friday afternoon, sending a Batavia man to the hospital by Mercy Flight.

The driver, 54-year old Joseph Wenzel of Thorpe Street was traveling down the road near Genesee Community College swerved, hit a fire hydrant and then his van rolled over.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Youth Officer John Dhem said Wenzel told police he swerved so he wouldn’t hit a possum.

“He was inside the vehicle, part way through, there was the smell of gasoline in the vehicle, there was a propane tank inside there,” said Dhem. 

Dhem said the man was talking to fire crews as they were cutting top of the van to get him out.

Wenzel was taken to Erie County Medical Center and so far is in stable condition. 

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