1 person hurt in garbage truck crash in Overbrook

PITTSBURGH — A City of Pittsburgh Public Works garbage truck is at the center of a crash investigation after that truck was captured on surveillance video Tuesday afternoon barreling down McNeilly Road, in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood, running a red light, and hitting two cars on Library Road.

“It was so quick and it was loud. Chaos,” described Alexander Banov, who works just steps away from where the violent crash played out.

“The truck pretty much met them in the middle of the intersection. Hit both cars. Took the Honda with him,” Banov said.

That Honda then spun out, careening into two clothing donation bins.

The trash truck plowed into a billboard before coming to a stop.

Witness James Kobelak says the woman driving the Honda and the driver of the garbage truck were put into ambulances at the scene before all the vehicles involved were towed away.

“They all walked away, which is a good thing, but they were pretty shaken up,” Kobelak said.

Both Kobelak and Banov, who work nearby, say they see crashes at this intersection at least once a week — with one coming as recently as two days ago.

“This intersection is just dangerous,” Banov said. “Things are happening very often here, so something needs to be done.”

A woman driver hit by the garbage truck was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Another driver hit by the truck didn’t report any injuries.

The truck driver was taken to the hospital to evaluate reported back pain.

Channel 11 reached out to the City for comment on behalf of the Public Works department but has not heard back.

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