Police Blotter: Sunday, October 13, 2013
MCEWENSVILLE - A Dornsife driver escaped injury following a crash involving two tractor-trailers on the McEwensville off ramp off of Interstate 180 at 6:55 a.m. Saturday.
State police at Milton reported a 2007 Western Star tractor-trailer, driven by Larry G. Erdman, 57, of Dornsife, was parked on the shoulder of the off ramp prior to the Susquehanna Trail when a 2014 Kenworth VST tractor-trailer, driven by Jamon A. Smith, 52, of Jack, Ala., pulled in behind Erdman's vehicle, then got out of the driver's seat to check paperwork and directions.
Police said Smith put his truck into neutral but didn't utilize his air brakes, and it drifted forward, striking the rear of Erdman's trailer.
The trailer Erdman was towing sustained minor damage and was able to be towed from the scene. Smith's rig sustained minor disabling damage to its front end and had to be towed from the scene. Neither driver was injured.
Police say that Smith would be cited for careless driving in the incident.
Wire felled by tree
MEADOWVIEW - Traffic patterns were interrupted and power was momentarily out Saturday morning after a tree fell across a utility line over an embankment adjoining Route 61 in the Meadowview section of Shamokin Township.
Northumberland County Communications reported that Stonington firefighters and fire police were called out at 7:08 a.m. for traffic control while PennDOT workers removed the tree from the wire. Southbound traffic was rerouted over Old Reading Road while northbound traffic used the southbound lane until the tree was removed.
Firefighters remained until 11:08 a.m. when PPL Electric workers handled traffic control and cleared the scene.