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Coroner IDs 4 killed in Paradise Twp. crash on Route 30

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Four men were killed Monday morning when a septic-hauling truck and a utility-type vehicle crashed on a rural stretch of Route 30 not far from the Adams County border, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

The crash happened about 7:15 a.m. Monday, April 30, in the 7600 block of Lincoln Highway (Route 30) near Pine Road and Mary Street in Paradise Township, according to the York County 911 Center.

Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident on Route 30 east of Abbottstown Monday, April 30, 2018. Northern York County Regional Police said multiple people were killed Monday morning when a septic-hauling truck and a utility-type vehicle crashed on a rural stretch of Route 30 east of the Adams County border. Bill Kalina photo

Killed were Jonathan Beiler, 27 of Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, and three Chester County residents — Gregory Butcher Jr., 36, of West Chester; Reuben Fisher, 23, of Oxford; and Matthew Hurst, 24, of Glenmore.

All four were in the utility truck, with Butcher driving, and were killed on impact, according to the York County Coroner's Office. All died of blunt-force traumatic injuries, according to the coroner's office.

The utility truck was owned by Little Washington Fabricators Inc. in Christiana, Lancaster County, the coroner's office said.

The driver of the septic truck was flown by medical helicopter to York Hospital.

His name and condition were not released as of Tuesday morning.

Head-on crash: Northern Regional Police Lt. David Lash said the westbound pickup truck-type utility vehicle crossed over the center turn lane for unknown reasons and went into the eastbound lane.

It struck the eastbound septic system-hauling tanker truck head-on, according to Lash.

The tanker driver had to be freed from the wreckage by area fire and rescue crews, including from United Hook & Ladder Co. from the Abbottstown/New Oxford area of Adams County, he said.

The utility vehicle was the type with a double cab and a large repairman-type bed, he said.

Chief York County Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley arrives at the scene of a fatal accident on Route 30 east of Abbottstown Monday, April 30, 2018. Northern York County Regional Police said multiple people were killed Monday morning when a septic-hauling truck and a utility-type vehicle crashed on a rural stretch of Route 30 east of the Adams County border. Bill Kalina photo

The tanker truck was full and was hauling sewage, the lieutenant said, but it didn't leak at the scene.

The company that owns the septic tanker sent other trucks to transfer the tank's contents and haul them away, according to Lash.

The highway reopened at 3:30 p.m. Monday, he said, even though crews undertook an extensive cleanup effort. Police initially said Route 30 could remain closed until 4 or 5 p.m.

No autopsies are planned, the coroner's office said, but toxicology testing will be performed.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.