BLOOMFIELD - The driver of a dump truck carrying asphalt was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 8 in Bloomfield Township on Tuesday afternoon and had to be flown to a nearby hospital via medical helicopter.
Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched for a commercial vehicle that rolled over on Route 8 just north of Dutch Hill Road at about 2:31 p.m. Tuesday.
State police at Corry reported the vehicle was traveling south on Route 8 when it crossed over the yellow lines and entered the northbound lane of the roadway.
The vehicle went off the east side of the road and traveled along an embankment, according to police. The dump truck then impacted a cluster of trees beside the embankment.
Police said after making impact with the trees, the vehicle flipped onto its roof and slid a short distance on the roadway until it came to rest.
The operator of the vehicle, a 49-year-old man from Sharon, had to be mechanically extricated from the cab of the truck and was life flighted to UPMC Hamot for treatment of serious injuries, according to police. The name of the driver was not released and his current condition is unknown.
Berry Herberg, chief of Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department, said firefighters utilized a Hurst Tool, also known as the jaws of life, to remove the driver from the dump truck.
Route 8 was shut down from Route 77 to Lake Road, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The roadway was closed for several hours to clean up asphalt that spilled from the truck during the accident.
Herberg believes the roadway didn't reopen until after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
In addition to state police, Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department, Union City Volunteer Fire Co., Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, PennDOT and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene.
The truck had to be towed away by Dave's Autow Service.