posted on May 03, 2011 10:34
A deadly accident this morning on Route 19 in Bergen.
Gerald M. Olin, 76, of Perry was killed when his milk tanker truck hit a utility pole and a fire hydrant, then rolled over on its top. The cab of the truck was crushed in the accident.
Bill Ehrmentraut lives on Route 19 and was first to see the accident shortly before 9a.m.:
"I heard the crash from inside the house. My girlfriend thought it was thunder, but I knew it was a heavy crash. I went outside and saw the tracks from the truck had gone straight through the bend in the road. It appeared he did not attempt to turn," Ehrmentraut said.
Olin was trapped in the wreckage of his truck pronounced dead at the scene. State Police said Olin was drivuing for Kuszulyk, a milk delivery company.
Ehrmentraut says the section of Route 19 can be dangerous for those who are unfamiliar with the highway:
"It is a gentle S-curve and banked on both sides. People have a habit of taking the curve fast," he said.
Route 19 between Route 33 and Bovee Road was closed for three hours as the milk was pumped from the crippled tanker into another truck.
State Police are continuing to investigate.