Man identified in deadly crash
Richard Wayne Ottaviani, 49, of Wyalusing has been identified by state police as the victim of a one vehicle accident that claimed his life Wednesday on Turkey Path Road in Wyalusing Township.
Police said Ottaviani was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, which occurred after he lost control of a tanker truck, left the roadway and came to a rest upside down in a ditch on the side of the road.
The truck, a 2005 Kenworth, was owned by Fenton Welding Transport, a Wyalusing based business.
Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said Ottaviani was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:56 p.m., approximately two hours after the crash occurred at 4:50 p.m..
Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department Adam Dietz said it took rescue workers over an hour to gain access to Ottaviani, who was entrapped as a result of massive damage to the cab of the truck.
Dietz reported that there were skid marks leading into the scene of the accident and that Ottaviani was traveling westbound before the incident.
Carman said after an initial investigation that it was very likely Ottaviani was killed instantly after the truck rolled.
The crash left Turkey Path Road closed for over four hours. The accident happened less than a mile away from State Route 706, which Turkey Path Road intersects with near Cargill.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection did tests on fluid that leaked out of the tanker truck, but the results of those tests remains unknown.
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