Coal truck overturns on Route 219
CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP — A coal truck driver suffered minor injuries after his truck overturned on Route 219 north of Davidsville on Tuesday afternoon. The accident closed the roadway for about three hours.
Emergency personnel were called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m.
“The driver was not entrapped and was able to self-extract himself from the truck,” said Jerome deputy chief Ginger Miller. “We were fortunate that there were no serious injuries resulting from the crash.”
The driver, Randall Mostoller, 54, of Friedens, told police that he was in the right lane when the truck started drifting toward the berm. According to Miller, the truck overturned after hitting a guardrail near the Waste Management landfill.
The truck flipped onto its side and slid nearly 700 feet before coming to rest in the middle of the northbound lanes, blocking both of them, according to Conemaugh Township police Officer Angelique Hutchison. The truck spilled coal on the roadway and berm.
Mostoller was taken to Somerset Hospital as a precaution, Hutchison said.
“He wasn’t complaining of anything,” she said.
Both northbound lanes were closed until 4:25 p.m. The Windber, Conemaugh Township and Richland fire departments, Conemaugh Township ambulance service and PennDOT also responded.