ELYSBURG – A delivery truck struck a tree and a mailbox before skidding across Route 54 and over an embankment into trees after the driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.
The crash at 5 a.m. this morning near Sleepy Hollow Road about one mile west of here in Ralpho Township resulted in a broken leg, lacerations and other injuries to the driver, David Kauffman, 20, of Montoursville, according to township police. He was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, by Elysburg Ambulance.
Kauffman was driving east when the accident occurred near a curve in the highway. The truck went off the south berm first, then went across the road and went off the north berm. It came to rest on its passenger side, the front of the vehicle having struck trees head-on about 40 feet off the road. The passenger side front had the most extensive damage.
The truck was hauling potato chips and cream cheese. It didn’t appear that any of the contents spilled out of the truck.
Traffic was backed up during the rush hour while Dave’s Auto Body, Kulpmont, removed the wreckage.
Elysburg firefighters and rescue unit responded.