Driver killed after collision with truck in Richland Twp.

July 29, 2020 Cranberry Local News


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A Pittsburgh man died July 22 in a head-on crash with a roll-off Penn Waste truck on Route 8 in Richland Township, Allegheny County. Traffic was stopped from Glasgow to Bakerstown roads for most of the morning and early afternoon because of the crash.Seb Foltz/CRANBERRY Eagle

RICHLAND TWP — A Pittsburgh man was killed July 22 in a head-on collision on Route 8.

Michael Petro, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Sandy Hill and Cunningham roads at 9:30 a.m.

Reports from other motorists and images from traffic cameras revealed Petro was driving erratically before the crash, said Chief John Sicilia of the Northern Regional Police Department.

A Penn Waste roll-off truck had just pulled away from a traffic light in the southbound lane when it was struck by Petro’s vehicle, Sicilia said.

Sicilia said emergency crews got a call around 9:30 a.m. that a black Mercury traveling north on Route 8 collided head-on with a roll-off Penn Waste truck.

“The truck was going south,” Sicilia said. “It was actually stopped at the stoplight.”

The Mercury crossed the center line for some unknown reason and hit the truck in the southbound lane just outside the Harvest Valley Farms store.

The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital as a precaution, according to Sicilia.

Aside from the Northern Regional Police Department, emergency crews responding to the crash were Middlesex Township Police Department, Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department and West Deer Volunteer Fire Department.

Forensics teams inspected the sight around 12:30 p.m. Richland Township Public Works Department assisted with road cleanup.

Traffic was stopped from Glasgow to Bakerstown roads for most of the morning and early afternoon.

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