OAKLAND (KDKA) – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a tractor-trailer accident in Oakland early Friday morning.

According to officials, the accident happened near the intersection of Robinson and Allequippa streets just before 6 a.m.

Witnesses said the tractor-trailer hit a telephone pole, slid backward and hit at least four vehicles.

“Just started hearing all this banging, clearly from the cars being dragged down the hill. I didn’t know what it was. When it continued, I got up and looked out my window and saw the truck stuck on the side of the road,” Nathan Sloan said.

Witnesses also said the vehicles may have prevented the truck from crashing into homes.

Ryan Gore, a witness, said the immediate concern was for the driver who initially couldn’t be found. EMS crews spoke with a bus driver that was behind the truck.

“When the paramedics showed up about five minutes later, they talked to the bus driver who said yeah the truck driver’s not here. They looked in the truck and they said something about a cardiac arrest and everyone jumped in,” Gore said.

Pittsburgh police said the driver had already passed away by the time officers got there. He has been identified as 63-year-old Madison Jones from Indiana.

Officials say he died from cardiovascular disease.

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