Mark Joseph Hranek, Wickenburg Sun newspaper truck driver, dies after accident

SURPRISE, AZ - A distribution driver for the weekly Wickenburg Sun has died after being injured Wednesday in an early morning accident when the delivery truck he was driving went off a highway on the Phoenix area's western outskirts.

The state Department of Public Safety said Mark Joseph Hranek died later at a at a Phoenix hospital where he'd undergone surgery.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said investigators believe Hranek may have fallen asleep before the truck went off Loop 303 near Grand Avenue and sheared off 140 feet of guardrail.

According to Graves, some of the guardrail entered the truck cab, resulting in Hranek losing part of one leg.

 

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