Police and firefighters survey the scene of a two-vehicle crash that killed one person Tuesday on South Salem Church Road in West Manchester Township.
Police and firefighters survey the scene of a two-vehicle crash that killed one person Tuesday on South Salem Church Road in West Manchester Township. (Bill Kalina photo / bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

A West Manchester Township man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday after the car he was driving crossed into the path of an oncoming truck on South Salem Church Road.

Shane Dorsey, 23, of Summer House Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene, said York County Deputy Coroner Steve Cosey.

His cause of death is multiple blunt force trauma. There will not be an autopsy.

The 38-year-old Maryland driver of the flatbed commercial truck involved in the crash, whose name was not released, was not injured, according to West Manchester Township Police.

However, he was shaken up by the crash, said Roy Gentzler, assistant fire chief.

The crash: Police said Dorsey was driving a gray Ford Focus south on South Salem Church Road when, just before 1 p.m., the car crossed the double yellow lines and into the path of the northbound truck.

The truck struck the car and part of the car was wedged under the truck, Gentzler said.

Brandon Rock said he was in his house just yards from the crash when he heard what he thought was thunder.

He went outside to have a look when he saw the crashed truck and attempted to stop oncoming traffic. Only seeing the truck at first, Rock said he didn't realize a second vehicle was involved.

A passer-by also stopped and was checking to see if anyone was injured when Rock said he looked back and saw part of the car.

"That's when I realized there's a car underneath the truck," he said.

Rock said Dorsey was beyond help.

Rare occurrence: The crash happened about an hour after a storm dumped rain on the area.

Rainwater is known to collect on portions of South Salem Church Road, including in the area where the crash occurred, Rock said.

Motorists are also known to travel above the speed limit on the road that features a number of curves, he added.

The posted speed limited in the area where the crash happened is 35 mph.

Rock said crashes don't happen on that stretch of road often, and when there is one, it usually isn't serious.

"This is first one (that's been) this big," he said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Joshua Sefchick at (717) 792-9514.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.