Sugarcreek Crash Closes Roads Due To Corn And Diesel Fuel Spills

July 19, 2013
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State Police officials say the Thursday morning closings of Route 322 and Patchel Run Road in Sugarcreek Borough were the result of a crash between a tractor-trailer and a minivan after which some 23 tons of cracked corn and more than twenty gallons of diesel fuel needed to be removed from the roadways.

The crash occurred shortly before 2:30 AM on State Route 322 near the intersection with Patchel Run Road.  Route 322 was closed until mid-morning, and Patchel Run Road did not reopen until early Thursday afternoon.

Investigating state troopers say the accident occurred when a minivan, operated by a man identified as Joshua Harman, left Route 322, traveled back onto the highway, and struck a tractor-trailer loaded with corn.  The corn hauler rolled onto its side and spilled its load.  In addition, a diesel fuel leak was created in one of the rig’s saddle fuel reservoirs.

Harmon was transported to an Erie hospital.  The tractor-trailer driver, identified as Arthur Tarleton, was treated for more minor injuries at UPMC Northwest in Cranberry.

The State Police say charges are pending against Harman.

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