Millheim man dies in milk tanker crash

A Millheim man died Thursday in a milk tanker crash, according to state police at Bedford.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on U.S. Route 30 in West Providence Township in Bedford County.

Glenn E. Miller, 41, died at the scene when his tanker truck hit a utility pole. The truck was traveling east on the roadway. According to state police, the truck hit a guardrail and utility pole before flipping on its driver side across the highway.

State police are continuing to investigate the crash.

The crash caused high-tension wires to fall and milk to be spilled from one of two tanks, according to Bedford County Emergency Management Director Dave Cubbison.

The road was closed to allow power to the downed lines to be turned off and rerouted, and to clean up crash debris and about 1,500 gallons of milk.

Firefighters from Everett and Breezewood kept the majority of the spill from entering the Juniata River by damming a culvert that led to the waterway. An insignificant amount of milk trickled into the river, but not enough to cause environmental damage, according to Cubbison. He said the quick work of firefighters saved plant and fish life in the river.

The road was closed until about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli