Washington Township man’s death in fiery crash investigated |

Washington Township man’s death in fiery crash investigated

State police and the Indiana County coroner are trying to determine why a Washington Township man died in a fiery crash just after 3:30 a.m. Friday.

William Albert Jenkins Sr., 79, of the 5000 block of Greensburg Road, was alone in a pickup on Route 422 in Pine Township when the Ford he was driving left the roadway and hit a tree near Deer Lane, state police said.

Police said the crash trapped Jenkins and the truck burst into flames.

Several passers-by pulled over and ran into the wooded area to help.

“They tried to use fire extinguishers, but they couldn’t reach him,” Coroner Mike Baker said.

Jenkins was pronounced dead at about 4:30 p.m. from blunt force trauma and burns, Baker said.

Toxicology reports are pending but an autopsy won’t be done.

Baker said Jenkins may have fallen asleep at the wheel, but the wreck’s cause is unknown. State police said it remains under investigation.

“His relatives don’t know why he would be there other than visiting someone,” Baker said.

Baker said the Findlay C. Wylie Funeral Home in Penn Hills is in charge of arrangements.

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