An unidentified male was killed Wednesday after the water truck he was driving left Turkey Path Road in Wyalusing Township and rolled over, coming to rest upside down in a ditch.

Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said he could not release the name of the driver at the scene, as next of kin were not yet notified, but did say the man was pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m. Carman said that after an initial on scene investigation, he believes the man was killed instantly, but said an official cause of death would be given after he performed an autopsy.

Turkey Path Road was closed for over four hours as investigations by state police and other agencies were conducted. As of 9 p.m., the crashed water truck was not yet removed from the side of the road.

Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Adam Dietz said emergency personnel were called to the scene at 4:56 p.m. and estimated the crash occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Dietz said there were skid marks leading into the area the water truck crashed, but could not give an official cause of the accident. He said the truck was traveling westbound on a downhill stretch of road when the crash occurred. Dietz was unable to release information detailing what company the water truck operated for.

It took fire rescue crews about an hour or two to gain access to the man trapped inside of the vehicle, Dietz said. The vehicle was crushed so badly that a towing wrecker was called in to assist in the rescue efforts, Dietz said.

He said the following units responded to the scene of the accident: Wyalusing Fire Department, Memorial EMS, Wysox Fire and Rescue, Laceyville Fire Department, Rush Fire Department, State Police, Bradford County Emergency Management Agency, Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Fish and Game Commission and DEP were called to the scene after emergency crews noticed fluid leaking from the crashed water truck. A DEP employee stated that he was on scene to gather samples and do field testing on the fluid. The results of these tests were not available Wednesday.

State police did not release information by press time Wednesday.

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