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Man airlifted to hospital after crash causes transmission tower to fall on power lines

HARMAR TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man had to be airlifted to the hospital after he smashed his vehicle into a 90-foot power transmission tower, trapping him inside.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon on Russellton Road in Harmar Township, according to our news partners at TribLIVE.

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The crash caused the Duquesne Light tower to fall onto a set of power lines owned by West Penn Power, knocking out electricity for over 8,000 customers in the area for a few hours.

TribLIVE reported when police arrived, they found the wrecked Volkswagen wedged inside the fallen tower with the driver trapped inside. Crews had to wait for utility workers to “de-energize” the power lines before attempting the rescue.

After getting the man – who has not been identified – out of the car, crews loaded him onto a helicopter.

The victim’s status wasn’t provided by officials.