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UPDATE: Police ID driver killed in Reed Twp. crash

Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 01:59 PM CST

Reported by: Kyle Rogers

HALIFAX -- A family is homeless and a truck driver is dead after the rig he was driving crashed into a home and caught fire.

Firefighters from nearly 10 fire companies responded to the blaze, according to Bob Stout, a Public Information Officer with Halifax Fire Department.

Early Monday afternoon, the large-sized truck went off the roadway along South River Road in Reed Township, Dauphin County. Moments after going over an embankment, the truck collided into the home which caught fire. Nobody was inside the home at the time, except for some unaccounted pets, according to a family member.

Firefighters faced challenges while battling the blaze. Since the structure was so destroyed, firefighters were not able to go inside safely. At one point, part of the home collapsed.

“During the day, manpower is very limited,” said Stout. “There are no fire hydrants in the area so we have to get water from the creeks, river, and ponds,” he said. Much of the nearby water sources were frozen but firefighters were able to use water from a pond about a mile away from the scene.

South River Road was closed for several hours between 322 and Mountain Road as police investigated.

State Police identified the driver as Michael Robert Bryerton, 68, of Dillsburg. Police say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross is assisting the three people who live at the home, which officials considered a complete loss.

UPDATE: Police ID driver killed in Reed Twp. crash

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