Updated:COLLIER TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
An 88-year-old man is in fair condition after crashing and becoming trapped in his car in a Collier Township creek early Friday morning.
“The truck ended up on its side in water, and it was on the driver’s side. Sadly enough, he ended up sitting in water for 4 hours before help found him,” said Deputy Fire Chief Martin Kauer.
Police said Allegheny County police officer Joe Carlini was checking the perimeter of Settlers Cabin Park around 3 a.m. when he spotted tire tracks in the snow that led into the creek.
Police said he found a truck without its lights on with Robert Burnett, of Youngstown, Ohio, inside.
Burnett told police he became confused when he got off of Route 22/30 and lost control because of the snow.
Kauer and a paramedic helped Carlini get Burnett out the truck. They had to cut off the roof to remove him.
“Carlini is a very good officer,” said Kauer.
Burnett was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he is listed in fair condition. Doctors said they’re amazed that he was not seriously hurt.