Truck driver from Excelsior crash still in fair condition
DANVILLE - The driver of a tanker truck that plunged off a bridge abutment early Monday remained in fair condition Tuesday afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center.
John Firestine, 49, of E. Clay St., Shamokin, escaped with non-life-threatening injuries from the 12:50 a.m. crash on Route 901 near Excelsior.
The tanker, used to haul milk but empty at the time, came to rest on its side length-wise on railroad tracks after falling some 40 feet off the bridge abutment.
Coal Township Patrolman Chris Lapotsky, investigating officer, said Firestine was driving traveling north, approximately one mile west of Excelsior, when the truck veered off the road for an unknown reason. It plowed through guide rails on the east side of the highway and then through a sloping weeded area before teetering over the cement bridge abutment and falling.
Lapotsky and Chief of Police William Carpenter were unavailable Tuesday for additional information.