The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 8, 2014

Driver killed when dump truck overturns on curve

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SUGAR GROVE TOWNSHIP — A Hadley area man was killed Wednesday morning when he lost control of his quad axle dump truck in Sugar Grove Township and it overturned onto him.

Authorities said Howard Crispen, 57, of 631 Fredonia Road, was northbound on Methodist Road, hauling a load of gravel from White Rock Silica Sand Co., when the truck failed to negotiate a curve at about 11 a.m. and tipped. White Rock is located on Methodist Road, south of the crash scene in Hempfield Township.

Crispen was thrown from the truck, which fell onto its side and pinned him when it landed in a ditch close to Leech Road, police said. At 12:20 p.m., Deputy Coroner John Libonati pronounced Crispen dead at the scene of head and chest trauma.

Hempfield Township police Chief Dave Morgan said several PennDOT violations found by state police at the scene “could have been a contributing factor” to the accident, but cautioned a cause was not yet determined.

Methodist Road between Log Cabin and Leech roads was closed for about six hours while crews cleaned up the gravel that spilled the width of the two-lane road.

Assisting state troopers and Hempfield police were police from Greenville-West Salem Township and firefighters from Hempfield and West Salem townships, Greenville, Transfer and Fredonia.