A Blasdell man was accused of vehicular assault and drug charges after a chain-reaction accident late Thursday in a construction zone on the eastbound Thruway in West Seneca, according to state police.
Robert Frost, 38, of Angola, was behind the wheel of sports utility vehicle stopped behind a tractor trailer driven by Samuel Fixico, 27, of Sanborn while merging into the construction zone at about 10 p.m. Thursday, troopers said.
Bryan P. Mackinnon’s vehicle hit the SUV from behind, pushing it into the back of the tractor-trailer, troopers said.
Frost, Mackinnon and his passenger, Patrick D. Slisz, 27, of Blasdell, were taken to Erie County Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Fixico wasn’t injured.
Troopers reported finding 31.9 grams of marijuana in Mackinnon’s car.
In addition to the felony vehicular assault charge, Mackinnon, 36, was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of marijuana, as well as driving while ability impaired by drugs, following too closely and unsafe speed in a work zone, troopers said. Slisz was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Both Mackinnon and Slisz were issued appearance tickets to appear Sept. 20 in West Seneca Town Court.