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Glen Campbell man killed in early morning collision with coal truck

September 13, 2012

Despite grave circumstances, members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department offered their services to local drivers, assisting with a detour caused by a fatal head-on collision early Thursday morning on Route 36 in Banks Township. (File Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BANKS TOWNSHIP — The Indiana County Coroner’s office confirmed the death of a local man Thursday morning as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Coroner Mike Baker said 22-year-old Stephen Robert Yamrick of Glen Campbell was killed when the Dodge Ram pickup truck he was driving reportedly crossed the center line of Route 36 in Banks Township and collided head-on with an oncoming coal truck as the victim was en route to work Thursday morning.

Baker said the collision resulted in the ignition of diesel fuel from the coal truck, causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.

The victim, whom the coroner said was killed on impact, was entrapped in the wreckage of the pickup truck despite efforts of the coal truck driver to free him. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:41 a.m.

Baker attributed the cause of death to multiple blunt force trauma, and the manner of death has been ruled accidental.

The initial call to the Clearfield County 911 Center was received at 6:57 a.m.

Firefighters from Mahaffey Volunteer Fire Department and Big Run Volunteer Fire Department and PennDOT provided fire suppression and traffic control at the scene.

Firefighters from the Punxsutawney Fire Department assisted with traffic control, as Route 36 was closed from the time of the accident until approximately 2 p.m.

Indiana County HazMat personnel provided containment and clean-up of diesel fuel from the roadway.

The driver of the coal truck, identified by Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police — who investigated the circumstances of the accident — as Bryan Johnson, 42, sustained no injuries.

His tri-axle freightliner, owned by Black and Gold Transport of Marion Center, had extensive damage.

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