Police: Idling big rig rolled into vehicle, injuring couple

Sean Philip Cotter

State police say the driver of a tractor-trailer is criminally liable after his truck rolled away Monday morning at a Shrewsbury Township gas station and hit a car, seriously injuring its driver.


Anthony Polk, 57, of Wheatfield Street in York City, faces charges of reckless endangerment, according to a state police news release.

State police say he didn't properly set the brakes and secure his truck when he left it idling in a parking space at the Tom's gas station at 648 E. Forrest Ave. around 9:45 a.m. Monday. After Polk got out and went into the gas station, police allege, the tractor-trailer began to roll forward.

Across the parking lot, Jeffrey Ketterman, 46, was pumping gas into his Honda Odyssey, as his wife, Megan, 43, waited in the car. State police say the tractor-trailer crashed into the minivan's passenger side, pushing it into Jeffrey Ketterman, pinning the lower half of his body between his vehicle and the pump.

Police call his injuries serious; they say he suffered multiple internal injuries and was taken to York Hospital, where on Wednesday he was listed in satisfactory condition.

Megan Ketterman, who was temporarily trapped in the Odyssey, was also hurt, police say; she was treated at York Hospital and had been discharged by Wednesday night.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.