Postal Driver in North Huntingdon Crash Dies

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. – A Postal Service truck driver who crashed into a North Huntingdon house Thursday morning died at Excela Westmoreland Hospital, according to the Westmoreland County Coroner.

The victim, Ronald Sopko, 47, of Murrysville, apparently died of a medical emergency, said Coroner Kenneth Bacha. The coroner’s office was notified of the driver’s death around noon.

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Bacha said there were no signs that the driver suffered trauma as a result of the accident.

The mail truck was traveling south when it went over an embankment and hit a patio at 790 Main St. at aproximately 10:15 a.m. Initial reports from the county Department of Public Safety suggest the driver had suffered cardiac arrest.

Sopko had been working for the U.S. Postal Service as a full-time letter carrier at the Irwin Carrier Annex Branch in North Huntingdon for five years so says Tad Kelley, a Postal Service spokesman.

The accident occurred 100 yards from the Fairmont-Hahntown fire department and temporarily closed a section of Main Street for about an hour.

North Huntingdon police investigated the crash but ommitted comment.

Sopko was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

An autopsy will be conducted Friday.

Gilbert Funeral Home of Boston will handle the funeral arrangements.

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