- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) - A coroner says the death in an accident of a veteran central Pennsylvania firefighter who was responding to a blaze was due to the crash rather than a heart condition.

Sixty-eight-year-old Earl Shoemaker was driving the Hanover fire department’s Air 46 unit when the truck went off the road and into a field March 12.

The death was originally classified as a coronary event by the York County coroner’s office, but a pathology team determined that it was due to trauma from the crash.

Coroner Pam Gay told The (Hanover) Evening Sun (https://bit.ly/1QV49Ml ) on Saturday that “on rare occasions they change their mind, and that’s what happened in this case.”

Gay said Shoemaker’s heart condition was a contributing factor in his death, but not the cause.


Information from: The Evening Sun, https://www.eveningsun.com

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