One man killed, another injured after truck crash

EVERETT – A truck driver was killed and his passenger seriously injured Saturday when their tractor-trailer flipped on the turnpike in Bedford County, state police said.

According to a state police trooper and a police news release, Damion Lobban, 31, of Springfield, Mo., was hauling a load of apples eastward in a Peterbilt tractor-trailer about 7 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel. A passenger, 32-year-old Benjamin Blue of Jacksonville, Fla., was asleep in the rear of the truck’s sleeper cab, police said.

The truck crossed a berm as its trailer struck an embankment; the tractor struck a guardrail and flipped, police said. Lobban and Blue were both ejected from the cab.

Lobban was killed at the scene, police said, while Blue suffered “major injuries.”

A trooper said Blue was transported to a UPMC trauma center. Supervisors at UPMC hospitals in Pittsburgh and Altoona, however, said they had no patient by that name as of Saturday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike website said the turnpike’s eastbound lanes were closed between Bedford and Breezewood on Saturday afternoon as the result of an accident, though it was unclear whether the truck crash caused the closure.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.