Lackawanna police ticketed an Orchard Park man whose pickup collided with a propane tanker Wednesday morning, a crash that tangled traffic and shut down Route 5 for about 10 hours.
Charles J. Bagley, 21, was ticketed for imprudent speed, Lackawanna Police Capt. Robert Janowski said Thursday.
Bagley was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup north on Route 5 when he collided with the Irish Propane Corp. tanker that was making left turn out of the NOCO Express at 2530 Hamburg Turnpike, Janowski said.
The tanker, which had a driver and passenger inside, was hauling about 3,500 gallons of propane. The crash, which was reported at 6:26 a.m., caused the tanker to roll onto its side and begin to spill propane.
The tanker was not making a delivery to the gas station, but it's believed the pair was simply stopping for coffee, Janowski said.
Based on statements from witnesses, investigators believe Bagley was travelling at a high rate of speed, he said.
Bagley wrote on Facebook on Wednesday morning from Erie County Medical Center that he was "feeling lucky to be alive." He posted a picture of himself wearing a neck brace and lying in a hospital bed. He was treated and released from the hospital, police said.
"I am so, so lucky today," Bagley wrote on Facebook. "Thank you to everyone so far that's been asking if I need anything. It really means so much."
A Bagley family member declined to comment when reached Thursday morning.
There are no serious blemishes on Irish Propane Corp.’s safety record, according to public data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The company’s 12 drivers logged about 130,000 miles in 2015 and no reported crashes in the past two years before Wednesday, according to data from the agency.
Half of the 18 inspections performed in the last two years yielded violations. A driver was cited in May 2015 for failure to obey a traffic control device, the only violation for unsafe driving over the last 24 months.
The company had three hazardous materials violations over that period and three violations involving rules for workload and rest periods for drivers. The company had 11 vehicle maintenance violations over the most recent 24-month period.
A company official did not return a phone call requesting comment Thursday.