Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Truck Driver Dies after Several Wrecks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Truck Driver Dies after Several Wrecks

Article excerpt

A man died Saturday when he crashed his pickup truck in Wilkinsburg minutes after wrecking into the back of a Penn Hills police cruiser and three other vehicles, Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said.

The initial crash occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Verona and Frankstown roads in Penn Hills, according to Allegheny County emergency officials.

Chief Burton said a Penn Hills cruiser was at that intersection behind other cars when a pickup truck crashed into the back of the cruiser, causing heavy damage.

The pickup truck went on to hit three vehicles ahead of the police cruiser in traffic, he said.

The police officer tried to chase the pickup truck, but his cruiser was too badly damaged, according to Chief Burton.

"The rear end was so bad he couldn't make it go," the chief said of the cruiser. …

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