PENN HILLS (KDKA) – A driver in Penn Hills survived after being pinned under his own vehicle Tuesday morning.

It was a disturbing discovery around 1:30 a.m. for friends, Michael Westhead and Mohammed Alrifai.

They were traveling along Allegheny River Boulevard in Penn Hills, when they came across an SUV flipped over on its roof.

“We were coming down this way and our headlights hit the accident first. It was really dark and obviously we could tell something was up,” Westhead said.

Once they got closer, they immediately called 911.

They found the driver trapped underneath the vehicle.

“He was on the passenger side pinned under between the road and the car,” Westhead said.

Witnesses say the driver appeared to be in his early 20s. He was alert and talking when emergency crews arrived.

Rescuers had to use hydraulic tools to free him from the wreckage before he was rushed to the hospital.

Other crews stayed at the scene and worked to clean up the roadway.

“I thought a tree maybe came off the hillside because these huge timbers were on the road, but it was two telephone poles that he took out,” Westhead said.

A stretch of Allegheny River Boulevard near Nadine Road was closed for a few hours as a result of the crash.

Police are investigating what exactly caused the driver to lose control.


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