A driver suffered serious injuries late Monday night when he lost control of his pick-up truck on Route 50 and crashed into a utility pole across from Collier Town Square.
Robert Cubic, 40, of Carnegie, was driving east on Washington Pike when he crashed into the pole, Collier police Chief Tom Devin said.
Kirwan Heights fire Chief Mark Lewis said the man was coming home from his job in Kirwan Heights shortly before midnight when his truck “snapped around."
“That was a vicious crash,” Lewis said. “The pole was inside the truck with him.”
Cubic was taken to a Pittsburgh area hospital for treatment. Lewis said he suffered facial lacerations, internal injuries and a broken leg, but the airbag likely saved his life.
“He was conscious and talking,” Lewis said. “He was in shock.”
The fire chief said they noticed snow flurries while responding and there may have been black ice on the roadway.
Crews were able to keep traffic moving until they left the scene around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Utility workers are expected to come back later in the day Tuesday to replace the pole.
Devin said police are investigating and was unsure if charges would be filed.