FRANKLIN PARK (KDKA) — A fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 forced emergency crews to close part of Rochester Road for several hours Friday morning.
The truck was traveling northbound early Friday morning when it veered off I-79 and crashed into part of the concrete support structure for the overpass. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.READ MORE: Sources: U.S. Representative Mike Doyle To Announce He Is Not Seeking Re-Election In 2022
He has been identified as Gregory Baker, 46, of Monroeville.
Northbound traffic was reduced to a single lane. While state police worked on the interstate, PennDOT crews were inspecting the overpass to make sure there wasn’t any damage to the heavily-traveled bridge.
One person who lives along Rochester Road said the sound of the crash was loud enough to awaken her from her sleep.READ MORE: Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies Of COVID-19 Complications
“I was sound asleep. It was probably one o’clock in the morning. And all of a sudden, it was a horribly loud noise, it pretty much shook my house and looked out the windows and I didn’t see anything. And a few minutes later, all the fire trucks were going by,” Suzan Etter said.
Etter said had there been damage to the bridge, it would have been a traffic nightmare.
“This is very heavily traveled, because one of the other roads is also closed,” Etter said.
The scene on the interstate cleared just before 6 a.m. and Rochester Road opened just before 4 a.m.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Sunny Start To The Week