BUCKINGHAM TWP. - Two PennDOT vehicles, being used to prepare a road in northern Wayne County for paving, collided Thursday, May 4. One of the workers was injured.
PA State Police, Honesdale, reported that Robert E. Bivins Jr., 38, of Honesdale, was hurt. He was transported from the scene by Hancock Ambulance to a landing site, whee a LifeFlight helicopter took him to Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton for further treatment.
The crash happened at 2:45 p.m. on SR 4012, Autumn Leaves Road, in the far northeastern township of Buckingham. The PennDOT road crew was in the northbound, closed lane, where they were spreading and rolling asphalt milling. The operator of an Ingersoll-Rand roller, PennDOT equipment operator Joseph Klocko, was traveling behind a Baber-Greene paver, operated by PennDOT equipment operator Stanley Spangenberg.
Bivins was a passenger in the Baber-Greene paver. For unknown reasons, police said, Klocko accelerated forward and struck the right rear of the spreader, where Bivins was riding on the exterior of the unit.
Bivins’ lower legs were pinned against the unit, police said.
Trooper Jamison Warner said that the accident is currently under investigation. No charges were filed.
Crash by 590 overlook
PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - A one vehicle accident was reported on Route 590 near the Lake Wallenpaupack overlook, late Thursday afternoon, May 4.
Deputy Fire Chief Eugene E. Krause, Hawley Fire Department, reported that the car had flipped over a guardrail. The vehicle landed at an angle, on its side and roof. The male occupant was transported to a medical facility by helicopter.
A PA State Police report has not yet been issued.