Smithsburg man dead at scene of Rouzerville crash

March 12, 2013

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — A 52-year-old Smithsburg man was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at the scene of a vehicle crash early Tuesday.

When Washington Township, Pa., police responded to 10952 Buchanan Trail East shortly after 1:45 a.m., they found a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado with its engine on and its tires spinning, according to Sgt. Vernon Ashway.

A deputy coroner pronounced the driver dead, Ashway said. Police were withholding the man’s name pending notification to his family.

Ashway said the pickup truck was westbound on Pa. 16 when it veered right and departed the right side of the road near AC&T. The vehicle knocked down a street sign, crossed the eastbound lane and left the south side of the road, where it hit a curb and shrubs in front of a house.

The pickup truck “went through some shrubs and came to rest in the front yard on some lawn equipment,” Ashway said.

The man was wearing his seat belt, he said.

Ashway said it seems no one witnessed the crash, but a resident from 10952 Buchanan Trail East, which is across from Patriot Federal Credit Union, called police after hearing the commotion.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death, Ashway said.

Pa. 16 remained closed to traffic through 4:30 a.m.

— Jennifer Fitch

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