2012-09-20 / Front Page

Paving Worker Struck, Killed By Bus

Robert Thomas dies in Franklin County accident
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


A northern Fulton County man died late Friday morning when he was struck by a bus along Route 16 in neighboring Franklin County.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Brian Thomas of Great Cove Road, Fort Littleton, was pronounced dead at the accident scene near the intersection of Letzburg Road, according to a updated, joint news release by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Keith Sobecki and Franklin County Coroner Jeff Conner.

Reports state that Thomas was struck in the eastbound lane of the Peters Township roadway at 11:52 a.m. by a 2011 Ford bus belonging to Franklin County Transportation. The bus was operated by Maurice J. Mills Jr., 74, of Fayetteville.

Police said Mills, who was not injured, remained on the scene following the accident. It was noted he was fully cooperative during the course of the investigation.

Both directions of Route 16 remained closed until 4:23 p.m. while the state police Crash Reconstruction Unit and the coroner’s office conducted their investigation.

Thomas, who was employed with Robert D. McCulloh Excavating and Paving Inc. of Greencastle for the last 11 years, was in the process of paving a driveway when he suffered the fatal injuries. He was also previously employed for a 10-year period by P&W Excavating in McConnellsburg.

Thomas is survived by his wife Glenda as well as a son, John Thomas, of Pittsburgh, and two grandchildren. He was a member of the Tuscarora Riders Motorcycle Club and the Mercersburg VFW.

His obituary can be found on page B3 of the “News.”

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