Sewage spills, driver killed in Canton area accident; A total of 4,000 gallons of residential sewage spilled
UNION TWP., TIOGA COUNTY, PA. - Thousands of gallons of raw sewage was spilled and a man was killed when a septic pumping truck crashed at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday on Route 14 in Union Township, Tioga County, Pa., according to information from state police at Mansfield and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Gary N. Jackson, 51, of Roaring Branch, was killed in the accident that took place about six miles south of Canton, according to state police trooper Michael Giantisco, who investigated the crash.
A total of 4,000 gallons of residential sewage was spilled from the truck, owned by Bradford County Sanitation Inc., according to Daniel Spadoni, community relations coordinator with the DEP North Central Regional Office.
He said DEP sent a member of its Clean Water Program to the scene, who found no impacts to a nearby wetland or to a tributary of Lycoming Creek. He said lime was being spread on the sewage that spilled to neutralize it. In addition, he said a towing company was bringing the truck that crashed upright, and DEP was checking to see if there was a minor leak of diesel fuel, which he said would be addressed, if it occurred. He didn't expect there would be a significant amount, if any.
Jackson, the driver, was traveling south on Route 14, near the intersection with Mill Hill Road, and lost control of the Volvo truck while traveling on a left curve in the roadway. The truck began to spin in a counterclockwise motion, and overturned, landing in the roadway on its roof. Then, it continued to spin while traveling south and struck a utility pole.
According to police, Jackson was ejected during the spinning process and suffered fatal injuries. Tioga County Chief Deputy Coroner James Dougherty pronounced him dead at the scene.
Canton Fire Chief J. Scott May said that the driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was trapped under the cab of the truck.
Travel on Route 14 was restricted to one lane following the crash.
Canton Volunteer Fire Department, PennDOT, and Waterways Conservation assisted at the scene.
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