A motorist who ignored a stop sign was killed Monday afternoon when his car collided with a fuel truck in the Town of Alden, sheriff's deputies said.
The 1:40 p.m. collision on Walden Avenue at the intersection of Town Line Road sent both vehicles traveling about 175 feet, deputies said. The car ended up on someone's front lawn looking like a "pile of junk steel," a witness said, while the tanker truck rolled several times before landing on its side and spilling most of its load.
Killed was Matthew J. Plauman, 21, of Seneca Street, Elma, who was alone in the car, deputies said. Leonard A. Winter, 66, of Adam Street, City of Tonawanda, who was driving the Noco fuel truck, was in stable condition in the Erie County Medical Center.
Winter was wearing a seat belt but Plauman was not, deputies said.
Plauman was southbound on Town Line when he failed to stop at the stop sign, witnesses told deputies, and collided with the tanker, which was heading east on Walden Avenue. The tanker, which deputies said was carrying a partial load, ended up facing the opposite direction.
It took some time to free the truck driver from the mangled cab of the rig. Members of the Millgrove Fire Department had to apply foam to the spilled diesel fuel before they were able to remove Winter.
Workers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation cleaned up the fuel spill, deputies said. Some nearby residents were evacuated until that job was complete.