Police: 5th victim in quadruple fatal crash is stable

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

The driver of the septic tanker truck involved in a quadruple-fatal crash on Route 30 near the Adams County border Monday is expected to survive his wounds.

The 37-year-old Fawn Grove-area man is in stable condition at York Hospital, according to Northern York County Regional Police Lt. David Lash.

Police have not released either his name or the name of the company that owned the truck.

Police and firefighters 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

Four men died in the 7:15 a.m. crash Monday, April 30, in the 7600 block of Lincoln Highway near Pine Road and Mary Street in Paradise Township.

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

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

The driver of the septic truck was flown by medical helicopter to York Hospital after fire/rescue crews freed him from the wreckage, police said.

Head-on crash: Lash said the westbound 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, he said.

The utility vehicle was the type with a double cab and a large repairman-type bed, according to Lash.

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

That portion of Route 30 was closed in both directions for about eight hours, police said.

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