Driver killed when tanker truck crashes

CANTON – A truck driver was killed Tuesday morning when his tanker truck, loaded with 5,000 gallons of raw sewage, careened out of control, crashed into a utility pole and overturned on Route 14, spilling nearly 3,000 gallons of sewage onto the two-lane road, according to emergency responders.

Gary N. Jackson, 51, of Roaring Branch, was pronounced dead at the scene by James Daugherty, Tioga County’s chief deputy coroner, following the 9:15 a.m. crash, which occurred just west of Mill Hall Road in Union Township.

Jackson, traveling south, lost control of the tanker as he was attempting to negotiate a curve in the road, state police Trooper Michael Giantisco said in a news release.

The tanker “began to spin in a counterclockwise motion and then overturned, landing on its roof in the road,” Giantisco said.

The tanker “continued to spin and struck a utility pole. Jackson was ejected” from the truck, the trooper said.

Daugherty said Jackson died of blunt force trauma.

In addition to Canton firefighters, personnel from the state Department of Transportation, the state Department of Environmental Protection responded to the crash.

No information was available Tuesday night on what environmental hazards the crash presented.

Volunteer fire police were able to keep one lane of traffic open.