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Driver has fatal heart attack behind the wheel in Pa. crash

April 07, 2005

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - An Adams County, Pa., man died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday morning as he was driving a feed truck in Montgomery Township, according to Franklin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer.

Robert E. Rhoads, 54, of New Oxford, Pa., was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. at the scene of the accident in the 11000 block of Welsh Run Road, Peiffer said. The crash was called in to the county 911 center at 11:40 a.m., according to a dispatcher.

Peiffer said Rhoads was driving a tractor-trailer belonging to Agricultural Commodities Inc. of New Oxford that ran off the road, striking a utility pole and several trees. He was alone in the truck, Peiffer said.

The road was closed while Pennsylvania State Police investigated the crash and the damaged utility pole was replaced, Peiffer said. No other vehicles were involved, he said.

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Peiffer said no autopsy will be performed.

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