Driver Escapes Injury During Wild 10th Ward Crash

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A motorist from Port Vue escaped with only minor injuries following a wild crash Thursday night in McKeesport's 10th Ward that sheared off two utility poles and left a major road closed until this morning.

McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said the cause of the accident is under investigation, but that speed was likely a factor.

The 34-year-old male driver was on West Fifth Avenue heading toward the Mansfield Bridge just before 8:27 p.m. when his Toyota sedan went out of control.

The vehicle struck a parked car in the 500 block, then collided with a house and a telephone pole before rolling over several times and striking another utility pole, Washowich said.

The vehicle came to rest on its roof and burst into flames, according to a police report.

"A 'good Samaritan' passer-by pulled the victim to safety before the fire department put out the blaze," Washowich said.

The driver was taken by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service to UPMC Mercy hospital, Uptown, but his injuries were believed to be relatively minor, Washowich said. The driver, whose name has not yet been released, was the only occupant of the vehicle, and no bystanders were injured.

But the crash did shear off a gas meter on a house, and Peoples Gas and Duquesne Light repair crews were called to the scene, along with McKeesport and Glassport firefighters.

The road re-opened at about 5 a.m. Friday, Washowich said.

Charges are possible against the driver following blood tests and the accident investigation, he said.

Originally published April 06, 2018.

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