MCCLURE — A 62-year-old McClure man died on Friday after an 84-year-old Middleburg driver struck a horse and buggy on Route 522, according to Middleburg Police Department.
Rufus Yoder was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Geisinger Holy Spirit in Camp Hill due to multiple traumatic injuries, police said. He is the 25th person to die on Valley roads in 2018.
The accident occurred at 12:15 p.m. Friday on Route 522 in the area of Pinecrest Drive. Randall Bonnie, 84, was driving a Ford F-150 truck south on Route 522 when he failed to see Yoder in the horse and buggy in front of him, police said.
After being struck from behind, the buggy traveled 30 feet off the ride side of the roadway down an embankment until it came to final rest. Yoder was ejected from the buggy and thrown into a field, police said.
Yoder was transported to Lewistown Hospital via ambulance, and then flown by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Life Lion helicopter to Holy Spirit where he later succumbed to his injuries, police said.
Motorists in Snyder County were detoured by PennDOT to Routes 4003, 4002 and 4001. The roadway remained closed for approximately five hours while police reconstructed the scene and was reopened at 6:31 p.m., according to PennDOT.
The accident is under investigation, police said.
Police were assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police Accident reconstruction team, McClure Fire Department and Beaver Springs Fire Department and EMS and a paramedic unit from Lewistown.