Updated:BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. —
State police said a 29-year-old man was killed while attempting to remove a downed utility pole on Route 422 Tuesday.
According to state police, workers were trying to move a utility pole from a parking lot along the side of Route 422.
While the workers were moving the pole, a car crashed into it. The pole momentarily blocked all the lanes of Route 422.
Investigators said Allan Greenwood, of Belle Vernon, was attempting to attach the pole to a truck to move it when an orange tri-axle truck traveling westbound hit the pole, which caused it to strike Greenwood.
Police said the orange truck left the scene traveling west on Route 422.
Deana Snyder said she saw the accident while driving home.
“There was a telephone pole completely through the road. It broke off with a car sitting looking like the telephone pole had come down completely on it,” Snyder said.
Officials from Bruce and Merrilees Electric Company said they had a permit to carry the load and that there were the required escort vehicles in front and in back.
They added that other workers at the scene immediately called 911.
Bruce and Merrilees Electric Company’s vice president and COO said Greenwood has worked for them for seven years. His father is also an employee of the company.
The driver of the truck or anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call State Police in Butler at 724-284-8100.