Trucker injured at Carlisle Pilot loses fight to live

| 1/18/2005

A Tennessee truck driver died Jan. 17 after a two-week struggle to survive horrific injuries suffered in a truck stop accident. Montgomery “Mac” McCreary, 56, of Castalian Springs, TN, died just before noon Monday at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.

The now-fatal “hit-and-run” accident occurred in the early hours of Jan. 3 as McCreary, a driver for Bentex Trucking, was walking through parking lot of the Pilot Travel Center on the Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA.

Middlesex Township Police think he was dragged 90 feet by a tractor-trailer. Sgt. Steve Kingsborough said McCreary was struck when he was walking from the building of the truck stop back to his truck, which was parked in the back row. He was carrying a plastic coffee cup and a plastic umbrella with the American flag design on it.

McCreary was conscious when a fellow trucker found him at 7 a.m. According to reports from the Carlisle Sentinel, he was found lying on the ground in the rain with the entire circumference of his right leg sliced open. Sgt. Kingsborough told Land Line that a Heartland Express driver stopped to help the victim and used her truck to block the driveway and preserve the scene.

Despite the loss of blood and a head injury, he was able to tell police his name and where he worked. According to The Harrisburg Patriot-News, the marks from a truck or a trailer’s dual rear wheels were found on McCreary’s body.

Wet weather had grounded Penn State-Hershey Medical Center’s Life Lion helicopter, so McCreary had to be taken there by ambulance. The Patriot-News reported that McCreary had undergone surgeries and that doctors had been forced to amputate his mangled right leg.

McCreary’s wife, Renie, made the 14-hour trip from Tennessee to Pennsylvania as soon as she learned of the accident. Her husband was in an induced coma by the time she arrived. She and family friend Cindy Wilson maintained a vigil at the hospital. Wilson told local media that veteran trucker remained unconscious until his death.

According to articles in the Carlisle Sentinel, McCreary’s CB name was “Holy Ghost Rider.” Staff writer Tiffany Pakkula at the Sentinel told Land Line that donations for McCreary’s expenses are being collected by a local church congregation that befriended his wife during her vigil. Truckers who wish to send donations or sympathy cards may send them to: Renie McCreary c/o New Life Assembly of God Church, 9812 Allentown Blvd., Grantville, PA 17028.

Middlesex Township Police are continuing to investigate. The authorities are asking that truckers who may have information contact the Middlesex Township Police is (717) 249-7191.

– By Sandi Soendker, managing editor