Truck driver likely had heart attack

LISBON – The Pennsylvania man who crashed a truck into the Damascus Friends Church last week likely died from a heart attack and not as a result of the crash, according to the highway patrol report released Thursday.

Stark County Coroner Dr. P.S. Murthy told the patrol it appears Thomas E. Trowbridge, 52, of Sharon, Pa., had a heart attack before crashing the truck, although that cannot be confirmed until toxicology results are complete.

Trowbridge was southbound on state Route 543 at 7:53 a.m. March 28 and failed to stop at two intersections before smashing into the entrance of the church.

After impact a witness attempted to perform CPR on him until Damascus Fire and EMS arrived. According to the report, Trowbridge was in and out of consciousness before being transported to the Alliance Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.