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Pa. man dies in garbage truck rollover

October 19, 2006|by DON AINES

STATE LINE, PA. - The driver of a garbage truck was killed Wednesday morning when the truck went into a field and rolled onto him, according to Pennsylvania State Police and Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

Shane M. Martin, 27, of 5334 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, Pa., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near the intersection of State Line and Trolley roads in Antrim Township, police said. Conner said an autopsy will be performed today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center to determine the cause of death.

Police said Martin was driving a Waste Management truck east on State Line Road just before 6 a.m. when he apparently lost control trying to make a left turn onto Trolley Road. The 1993 Volvo truck went off the road into a soybean field, police said.

About 60 feet into the field, the wheels of the truck dug into the soil and it rolled onto its right side, police said. Martin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown through the right door, which was latched open, police said.

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"It was a two-position driving vehicle ... the right side is normally a standing drive position," Conner said of the truck. Investigators had not been determined if Martin was in the left- or right-side position when the accident occurred, he said.

The police report did not indicate if fog might have been a factor in the pre-dawn accident. Conner said the fog was still thick when he arrived about an hour after the crash occurred.

It was the second fatal accident in two days in Franklin County. Nancy I. Rotz, 47, of St. Thomas, Pa., died Tuesday from injuries she received in a 10:46 a.m. accident at the intersection of Siloam and Letterkenny Roads in Greene Township, according to state police.

Rotz was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Barry Rotz, which police said went through a stop sign and into the path of a truck on Letterkenny Road. Barry Rotz was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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