Tonawanda News

August 30, 2012

Driver crashes into Sunoco

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A Town of Tonawanda man crashed his car into a Sunoco gas station on Niagara Falls Boulevard early Wednesday morning, police said. 

“It wasn’t really clear at first what had gone on, whether it was an alcohol incident or an accident,” police Lt. Nick Bado said. 

An Amherst police officer was the first person on the scene and responders determined the driver, William J. Cornell II, 79, of the Town of Tonawanda, suffered a medical problem, which caused the accident at the station located at 2546 Niagara Falls Blvd. 

The accident occurred at 4:21 a.m. 

“The interesting thing was, even though it’s probably not super uncommon, is that he struck the building at least three or four times,” Bado said. 

On the final hit, the vehicle penetrated the wall and hit the station’s clerk. 

The clerk suffered minor injuries, including hip and neck pain, and was taken to the hospital. Cornell was also sent to the hospital as a result of his medical problem, but didn’t suffer any additional injuries from the accident. 

The town’s building inspector and volunteer firefighters reported to the scene.

“There is no particular estimate of damage at this point,” Bado said.