Fla. trucker still critical after crash

July 25, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Florida truck driver remains in critical condition at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa., after an accident Wednesday on Interstate 81 involving two tractor-trailers.

Walter Leroy Robinson, 53, of 534 Clearmont Ave., Orange Park, Fla., was rescued from the truck's cab by firefighters from Greencastle's Rescue Hose Co. after being trapped for 40 minutes.

He was flown to Hershey by helicopter. It is not known whether Robinson was wearing his seatbelt, police said.

The driver of the second tractor-trailer, Brian Edward Bruner, 26, of 517 Sputnik St., Fortson, Ga., was treated for a leg injury and released from Chambersburg Hospital, police said.


Bruner was wearing his seatbelt, police said.

The 6 p.m. accident, between exits three and four, occurred when Robinson's 1979 Ford truck collided with Bruner's 1992 GMC truck as Robinson was changing from the right to the left lane, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The trucks, both southbound, ended up in the median. Both vehicles were seriously damaged.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kip Garman said no charges have been filed and the accident is still under investigation.

The accident closed the northbound lanes of the interstate between exits two and four for nearly five hours, backing up traffic into Maryland.

Southbound lanes were closed for an hour to remove the wreckage. Traffic was rerouted onto U.S. 11.

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