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Allegheny Township, Pa. – One man is flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after his vehicle leaves the roadway striking a couple trees and catches fire trapping him in the vehicle.
(Update 8-8-2019 @ 4:45 pm) Police have identified the man as 59 year-old Richard Schmidt of East Pittsburgh. Schmidt was unresponsive when pulled from the vehicle by police and first responders.
Allegheny Township police told AKVNEWS.COM a 2008 Nissan Sedan was traveling west on SR 56 when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway, striking one tree in a residential front yard, then spun around and impacted a second tree near a woodpile. The incident occurred in the 4000 block of Leechburg Road.
The male driver was transported from the scene to the high-rise parking lot just off Sylvan Drive where a medical helicopter had landed for air transport. EMS and Flight Crew members were on the ground for more than 20 minutes while the patient was being prepared for transport.
Assisting Allegheny Township Police were the Pennsylvania State Police and Lower Burrell Police. Fire crews responding were Allegheny Township, Markle and Lower Burrell. Medical transport from the scene was provided by Lower Kiski Ambulance.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. The medical condition of the man from East Pittsburgh was unknown as of 3:05 am.