SHALER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — One person has been hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed over a hillside Wednesday afternoon in Shaler Township.
The accident happened around 5:15 p.m. on Spencer Lane Ext. near Spencer Woods Drive.
Police said the Toyota Tundra was traveling down a steep incline on Spencer Lane Extension at a high rate of speed when the driver, believed to be in around 70-years-old, apparently lost control, struck a small hill, a pole, and a cement barrier.
It then went airborne before rolling down the steep embankment and crashing in a wooded area.
This is what's left of Toyota Tundra truck that went airborne and down a hillside in Shaler Twp.
Driver hospitalized pic.twitter.com/e1XkPRTYs8
— Ralph Iannotti (@IannottiRalph) January 31, 2018
Moments before the wreck, police said they were notified about a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Spencer Lane Extension.
Neighbors said it was a lucky there were no people near the spot where the wreck occurred, especially since it’s used as a school bus spot for dozens of children who live in this residential area.
“Fortunately, no one was hurt walking. The neighbors always walk their dogs, their kids, or just taking a walk around the neighborhood and the cul-de-sac. And, we always walk down to the end, and kids get off the school bus here, so it was very fortunate the timing of this, that nobody was hurt,” neighbor Caroline Pantone said.
Weather did not appear to be factor in the accident. Police indicated the driver may have suffered a medical condition, which caused him to lose control and careen down the hill.
He was conscious when he was pulled from the wreck, and was transported to Allegheny General Hospital.
There were no skid marks on the road, which would have indicated the driver applied his brakes.