The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 20, 2013

Rig driver in fair condition

LEWISBURG — SHAMOKIN DAM — A tractor-trailer driver whose vehicle slammed into two rocky outcroppings along Route 11 on Saturday was listed in fair condition on Sunday.

Hayes Horner Jr., 59, of Berwick, is being treated in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. State police at Selinsgrove said he was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

The crash took place at 9:46 a.m. when Horner struck two rock embankments along the right side of the road while driving north on Route 11 in Monroe Township, Snyder County, state police said. At some point after hitting the rocks, the vehicle lost its back two axles and flipped, dumping 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid onto the road.

The spill closed three miles of the highway and backed up traffic for 5 1/2 hours.

The highway reopened at 3:13 p.m. Saturday, with motorists reporting a six-mile-long traffic jam along Route 11 north. Traffic was redirected into Sunbury, causing congestion along Front Street.

The spilled fluid was cleaned up by a hazardous materials response team from Northridge Group Inc., of Winfield.

The investigation is ongoing, state police said. Horner was driving a 2001 Freightliner, which was pulling an empty trailer.

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