Police: Driver of Utz truck fell asleep before Route 54 crash
ELYSBURG - A delivery truck struck a tree and a mailbox before skidding across Route 54 and over an embankment after the driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.
The crash at 5 a.m. Tuesday near Sleepy Hollow Road about one mile west of here in Ralpho Township caused 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 ambulance and was listed in serious condition Tuesday afternoon.
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 off the north berm. It came to rest on its passenger side. The front of the vehicle struck trees head-on about 40 feet from the road.
The truck was hauling potato chips and cream cheese. It didn't appear that any of the contents spilled from the truck.
Route 54 was closed in both directions for approximately 15 minutes, while one-lane traffic was in effect for about two hours.
Dave's Auto Body, Kulpmont, removed the wreckage.
Elysburg firefighters and rescue unit responded.