Man dies in Hegins crash
HEGINS - A Scranton man died Tuesday when the truck he was driving crashed on Route 25 at the entrance to Camp A While campground in Hegins Township.
Robert J. Taylor, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:45 a.m. crash by Schuylkill County Deputy Corner Sandra Poletti.
The driver of a second vehicle involved, Clinton Otto, 51, of Hegins, was not injured.
State police Trooper Michael Keating of the Schuylkill Haven station said the crash occurred as Taylor was driving a 2006 International 4300 truck west on Route 25 and lost control of his vehicle around a curve.
The truck went off the road and Taylor counter-steered back into the westbound lane, traveled across the double yellow line and entered the eastbound lane, where he again counter-steered into the westbound lane, Keating said.
As Taylor was trying to gain control of his truck, Otto was driving a 1995 Honda Civic east and swerved to avoid a collision, causing him to drive off the road and into a drainage ditch.
Keating said Taylor's truck continued across the westbound lane and went off the road, continued northeast up an embankment and struck a tree.
The truck traveled back across Route 25 and struck a fence at the entrance to Camp A While, Keating said.
Taylor's truck came to a stop facing southwest while Otto's car came to a stop facing southeast, Keating said.
Assisting at the scene were firefighters from Hegins, Sacramento and Gratz, Pottsville-Schuylkill Haven Area EMS and Tremont EMS.
Keating said he was also assisted at the scene by other troopers from the Schuylkill Haven station.