Trooper injured in crash, Parkway West inbound lane reopened

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PITTSBURGH —

A crash involving state police and a stolen vehicle shut down an inbound lane of Interstate-376 West for about three hours Monday morning, authorities said.

State police Trooper Robin Mungo said police received a report of a stolen truck and positioned themselves on the Parkway West to stop the suspect. One trooper pulled alongside the pickup truck driver and told him to pull over, but he ignored the order and hit another state police vehicle, Mungo said.

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“He got out of vehicle and attempted to get away,” Mungo said of the driver of the stolen truck. “He got as far as one lane. He didn't get a running start.”

She said she expected to identify the driver and the charges he will face later in the day.

The trooper in the vehicle that was hit suffered a leg or ankle injury in the collision with a pickup, Pittsburgh EMS Acting Rescue Division Chief James Holman said. Paramedics used the jaws of life to pry open the driver's side door of the trooper's vehicle, and took him to UPMC Mercy hospital in Uptown. He was in stable condition, Holman said. No one else was injured.

The crash near mile marker 68 was reported about 8:55 a.m. coming down Green Tree Hill, according to a county emergency dispatch supervisor and PennDOT spokesman. The lane reopened about noon, but residual traffic delays lingered.

Both inbound lanes were closed for a time. Traffic was at a standstill.

One outbound lane of the Parkway West was also closed as police and paramedics arrived on scene. It has since reopened.