Carrick man struck by dump truck dies; woman critically injured
One pedestrian was killed and another critically injured when a dump truck struck them Wednesday morning near Station Square.
Christopher Williams, 43, of Carrick died at the scene of the crash at the intersection of East Carson Street and the Smithfield Street Bridge at 6:48 a.m., according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head, chest, pelvis and extremities.
Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the truck apparently hit the pedestrians from behind as they were crossing a street.
The second victim, a woman, suffered head trauma and was transported to UPMC Mercy, Uptown, Toler said.
The driver of the dump truck apparently suffered a medical emergency that caused the accident, she said.
“The driver operates his own construction company and was delivering breakfast to a job site when he lost consciousness, possibly on Arlington Avenue,” Toler said.
The driver went to UPMC Mercy.
The Smithfield Street Bridge was closed because of the crash, and East Carson was closed at Arlington Avenue. The Port Authority of Allegheny County re-routed traffic from the Wabash Tunnel, Toler said.
The investigation continues.