SHILOH – No injuries were reported in a plow truck crash Christmas morning that pulled down utility lines and cables and knocked out electrical power for numerous residences along Shiloh and Dale roads.
According to state police, a PennDOT plow truck operated by James J. Boron, 77, of Morrisdale was traveling north on Shiloh Road at around 35 miles per hour.
Boron raised the bed in order to move material to the rear of the truck for spreading. However, state police said he failed to lower the bed in time and hooked a large number of utility lines and cables with the front of the overhead cab protector.
The truck reportedly continued north for a short distance and pulled down the lines and cables before overturning onto its passenger’s side.
State police said the plow truck sustained disabling damage, broke five utility poles and snapped numerous utility lines and cables running across the roadway.
Bigler-Jackson-Woodland firefighters responded to extricate Boron, who was evaluated by emergency personnel at the scene. Local residents were also checked on due to freezing temperatures.
State police said the crash closed Shiloh Road and knocked out electrical power for around 40 residences in the area of Shiloh and Dale roads.
State police were assisted at the scene by the BJW Fire Co., Clearfield Emergency Medical Services, Verizon, Penelec and PennDOT.
The plow truck was also towed from the scene, and state police are continuing their investigation at this time.