Tanker driver ticketed after hazmat situation

Tanker Crash Shuts Down Niagara Outlets

TOWN OF NIAGARA, N.Y. — The tanker truck driver who crashed into a light pole and forced the closure of a stretch of  Military Road has been ticketed for a traffic violation.

According to Town of Niagara Police Chief H. James Suitor, Carl D. Wolfe, 63, of Thamesville, Ont. was ticketed for not following the lane markings in the Wegmans parking lot. Suitor called it an "accident" that was caused by "driver error."

Suitor said the truck belongs to Air Products and Chemicals, but it's not clear if he was an employee or an independent contractor for the company.

First responders were called to the scene after the liquid hydrogen tanker truck hit a light pole Monday night. 

Several homes were evacuated and a shelter in place was issue for the immediate area as crews worked plug the leak and safely remove the truck from the parking lot.

Law enforcement and fire personnel gave the all clear and lifted the shelter in place around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday, after the tractor-trailer was removed from the Military Road Wegmans parking lot.

Officials say the driver of the tanker truck was attempting to turn around in the Wegmans parking lot around 9:30 Monday night, misjudged the turn, and hit the pole. The truck began to leak liquid Hydrogen, which prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses and homes. 

Military Road between Niagara Falls Blvd. and 3rd Avenue was closed to traffic while crews tried to stop the leak and then clean up the scene.  

The Niagara Falls International Airport was also closed as a safety precaution, according to Jonathan Schultz with Niagara County Emergency Management. 

The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls and several other businesses near the scene, closed for the day Tuesday due to the hazmat situation.  

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