At 05:04 on Wednesday, January 4, the GFC received a dispatch to assist Mt. Pleasant Co. 30 with an MVA with injuries on Plum Creek Rd. in Penn Township.
GFC Engine 55 arrived at approximately 05:14 to find Mt. Pleasant Rescue 30 already on scene. A southbound flatbed truck, loaded with hay, had run off the road between Bloomsburg and Tobias Roads, and had crashed into a ditch. Engine 55 immediately provided the Co. 30 crew with scene lighting, manpower, and fire suppression, should it become necessary. Utility 55, Brush 55, and Car 55 arrived a few minutes later to provide traffic control, and additional manpower.
The driver, and lone occupant of the flatbed truck, was trapped in the vehicle’s cab and was unresponsive. The driver was later pronounced dead at the scene at by Berks County Deputy Coroner Kurt E. Katzenmoyer.
Once it was apparent that rescue efforts would be futile, firefighters from Mt. Pleasant Co. 30, Bernville Co. 29, and Greenfields Co. 55 used hydraulic tools in order to free the driver from the truck’s cab. The truck was then removed by V&M Towing.
Plum Creek Road was closed between Bloomsburg and Tobias Roads for about 4 hours until the clean-up of hay and debris could be completed.
From witness’s accounts, The Pennsylvania State Police believe that the truck’s load shifted, which caused driver to lose control of the vehicle and run off the road. The investigation is continuing.
The Greenfields Fire Company, along with all others who responded to the incident, extends their deepest sympathies, and their most sincere prayers to the family and friends of the deceased.
Those responding for the GFC were:
Chief Brian Fisher
Assistant Chief Terry Royce
Capt. Eric Thrush
Firefighters Joe Stoudt, Dylan Heckman, and Dylan Matz
Photographer Steve Spies