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Crash kills driver after vehicle spins out of control

A crash on Route 14 in Union Township, Pennsylvania, has left a 51-year-old man dead. The truck accident occurred around 9:15 a.m. in Tioga County on Route 14 earlier this month. The driver of the septic pumping truck was the victim in the crash. According to reports, the truck spilled thousands of gallons of sewage and several agencies responded to the scene in order to address the situation.

The 51-year-old man from Roaring Branch, Pennsylvania, was traveling in the truck when the accident occurred roughly six miles south of Canton, Pennsylvania. Authorities reported that the driver was heading south on Route 14 when he lost control of the Volvo truck near an intersection with Mill Hill Road. The vehicle began to spin in a counterclockwise direction on a left curve in the roadway before it overturned. After overturning, it continued its counter-clockwise motion and struck a utility pole.

Police believe that the man was ejected from the vehicle by the rotation of the vehicle and was caught under the cab of the truck, sustaining fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident by a coroner with Tioga County.

An official with the Department of Environmental Protection reported that 4,000 gallons of sewage had spilled from the truck, which is owned by Bradford County Sanitation Inc. An official with the Clean Water Program was sent to investigate the spill but no impacts to nearby ecosystems were reported. Lime was used to neutralize the spill.

It is unclear what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. If the truck was not properly maintained, the company that owns it may be held liable for the accident and any associated costs. If the deceased has any bereaved loved ones, they may be able to file a suit against the company in order to seek compensation. People considering this option should seek advice from an attorney in order to determine whether such a suit could be pursued.

Source: Daily Review, "Sewage spills, driver killed in Canton area accident; A total of 4,000 gallons of residential sewage spilled," Eric Hrin, March 20, 2013

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