A 40-year-old man died after crashing his pickup truck into trees yesterday along SR54 in Hometown.

Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick identified the victim as Harry T. Labenburg III, of Hazleton.

Just before 2:15 p.m., police and emergency personnel were called to Lafayette Avenue (SR54), between the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Ye Old Hauto Road, after nearby residents heard a loud bang outside their home and saw a pickup truck crashed in the trees.

When emergency responders arrived they found a pickup truck in a wooded area off the north side. Deputy Coroner Andrew Szczyglak pronounced Labenburg dead at the scene at 3:10 p.m.

Hometown Fire Police volunteers closed the road and diverted traffic onto Ye Old Hauto Road for about two hours during the investigation and as emergency personnel removed Labenburg from the wreckage. Firefighters and police also limited access to the scene and placed tarps over the vehicle during the investigation. Reportedly, Labenburg was traveling west when, for an unknown reason, his truck, a dark-colored 2002 Ford Ranger, left the roadway and struck two trees.

Neighbors stated that bears and deer routinely cross this part of SR54.

Responding in addition to police were firefighters and rescuers from the Hometown Fire Company and Tamaqua Rescue Squad.

"The cause and manner of his death remained undetermined," said Szczyglak.

Township police said further details would be released at the completion of their investigation at the scene.