Pittsburgh Police, EMS, and Fire responded to the area of 5th Avenue and Penn Avenue for reports of box truck that had struck a pole just before 7:15 a.m. Medics from Murraysville were also in the area and the first to arrive on scene.
Upon arrival, first responders found a male driver slumped over the steering wheel of the truck. The EMS rescue truck used hydraulic tools to extricate the victim from the cab of the vehicle. He was transported by EMS to the hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced deceased.
A male passenger told police he managed to steer the vehicle into a pole and out of the path of traffic when the driver became unconscious.
The Collision Investigation Unit responded to the scene. The exact cause of the collision remains under investigation.
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