Hydroplaning may have been factor in fatal accident

NEW CUMBERLAND – A one-car accident that took the life of an elderly man on June 13 may have been caused by hydroplaning, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said.

The accident that killed William C. Main, 78, of New Cumberland, happened right after it rained, and there were puddles on the roadway at the time, the accident report said.

Main was southbound on state Route 8, just south of the Hilltop Drive-In Theater, shortly after 1 p.m. June 13 when he lost control of his 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe and spun around, facing north in the northbound lane, the report said.

The Hyundai slid across the northbound lane and down over a 15-foot embankment on the east side of the roadway, the report said. The vehicle started to overturn on the passenger side before it struck a tree on the roof above the front compartment, the report said.

Main was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Deputy Art Watson said there was a difference between the tread levels of the front and back tires, and Deputy Hugh Tate’s report noted that the Hyundai’s tires were a contributing factor.