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Crash injures septic tank truck driver

The driver of a septic tank truck was injured Thursday morning when the truck crashed into a house in the Orleans County Town of Gaines, sheriff's deputies reported.

Russell W. Calkins, 35, of Albion, was westbound on Ridge Road shortly after 7 a.m., when he apparently lost control of the truck, deputies said. The truck crossed the center line and went off the southeast corner of the intersection with Kenyonville Road.

After hitting a stop sign and sign post, the truck continued across Kenyonville Road and the lawn at 12990 Ridge Road, deputies said. It hit the east end of the ranch home, traveling through the attached garage before coming to a stop in the living room.

Calkins was treated at the scene by a crew from Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance before being airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. His condition was under evaluation Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The residents of 12990 Ridge Road weren't home at the time, deputies said. But the structure was declared uninhabitable by a Town of Gaines code enforcement officer.

Deputies said the truck was carrying approximately 200 gallons of fresh water and approximately 300 gallons of waste product in a separate portion of the tank. As a result of the accident, the fresh water leaked out but the waste product wasn't disturbed.

An investigation continues by sheriff's deputies and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Charges against Calkins are pending, deputies said.