Trash truck driver killed, helper hurt in crash in Robesonia

Crews trying to clean up spill of fuel into creek

ROBESONIA, Pa. - One person was killed and another injured when their trash truck hit a line of trees and slid down an embankment and into a creek in western Berks County on Wednesday.

"I just heard, like it sounded like the loudest bang, and then people were yelling and screaming," said Amber Auman, who lives near the scene of the accident, which was reported around 11:40 a.m. in the area of Freeman and Furnace streets in Robesonia.

"Upon arrival, officer saw an individual lying in the middle of the street, which was the helper on the back of the truck, and the driver was inside," said Chief William Schlichter, Western Berks Regional Police Department.

The driver, who was heavily trapped behind the wheel, died at the scene; the helper was transported by ambulance to a hospital, but police could provide no information about his extent of injuries or the identity of either victim.

"It’s just so sad," Auman told 69 News. "It's so unnerving to watch the whole thing."

Crews are now challenged with the task of removing the truck and cleaning up fuel that spilled from its ruptured tank into the creek.

"It was diesel fuel and brake fluid that ruptured when the truck hit, and that went into the creek bed," Schlichter said.

The accident also brought down a tree and some power lines.

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