posted on October 27, 2010 15:15
Route 19 in Bergen has been reopened, although traffic is slowed, following a three-vehicle accident early this morning involving a fuel tanker truck.
The crash, about 5:30a.m.closed Route 19 until 12:30 this afternoon.
A contractor with the State Dept. of Transportation has begun the clean up of diesel fuel that spilled from the tanker.
According to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office a 2001 Jeep driven by 36-year-old James Simons of Mount Morris was northbound on Route 19. A tanker truck, driven by 38-year-old Aaron Flat of Ontario, New York, was heading south. The jeep crossed over the center of the road and collided with the tanker that was laden with 2,000gal of diesel fuel.
The tanker overturned onto its side. A third vehicle, a northbound pick-up truck driven by 21-year-old Patrick Donahue of Batavia, struck the overturned tanker.
Simons, the driver of the jeep and Flatts, the driver of the tanker were both taken to Strong Memorial.
Flats suffered a minor injury, deputies said, while Simons was more serious injured but those injuries were not life threatening. Donahue was not hurt.
Traffic is alternating one lane at a time on Rt. 19 between Bissell Rd. and Sackett Rd. while clean -up operations continue.