Troopers use GPS to track stolen pickup before it crashes on Parkway

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A man in a stolen pickup truck crashed into a state trooper's patrol car while fleeing police on the Parkway West near Banksville Road this morning.

The crash caused traffic delays both into and out of Downtown Pittsburgh for the rest of the morning.

Pennsylvania State Police had been tracking the stolen vehicle via GPS as it traveled inbound, and a pursuing officer ordered the driver to stop. But he accelerated and crashed into another state police car near where Banksville Road empties into I-376, according to a state police news release.

He was caught while trying to run away from the scene, troopers said.

The state trooper whose vehicle was struck was taken to UPMC Mercy and treated for minor injuries.

State police had not released the name of the pickup driver or the charges he might face.

The crash stopped all inbound traffic for about 45 minutes. Police kept the left lane closed for another two hours as evidence was collected.

Earlier in the morning, about 7:30 a.m., a three-vehicle accident at milepost 66.5 at Greentree Road had traffic completely stopped coming into Pittsburgh.

All lanes are now open and traffic is flowing steadily.


Stephanie McFeeters: smcfeeters@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533. First Published August 18, 2014 12:00 AM

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