Truck snaps pole in half, driver arrested
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, emergency crews were called to one-vehicle accident and pole down near the intersection of SR-309 and 895 North in Snyders, West Penn Township. West Penn Police took the driver into custody when they arrived. The impact separated the pole at the bottom, but luckily didn't tear the lines. Black tire skid marks could clearly be seen running across the road. Reportedly, the driver, driving north on SR-309, in a black Ford Ranger XLT, lost control while approaching the intersection, then struck a fence on the right side of the road, and continued to drive the mangled truck with side facing tires across the southbound lane. The driver eventually plowed into soft dirt located on the side of the road next to the Sovereign Bank parking lot. The extent of any injuries and driver's name were not available at press time. West Penn Fire Police directed traffic around the scene during the incident and while maintenance crews could do temporary repairs to the pole.