Truck crashes into PNC Bank branch in Cranberry

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Cranberry police are investigating after a man crashed his pickup truck into a bank this morning, narrowly missing a toddler inside.

Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said 45-year-old Donald Dunkle was headed east on Freedom Road when he crossed into opposing traffic, crested an embankment and slammed into a PNC branch on the 1300 block at about 9:15 a.m.

A bank employee pushed a 3-year-old out of the path of the truck as it crashed into the building. The employee was struck by flying debris and was checked by medics at the scene, but declined to go to the hospital.

Mr. Dunkle was taken to UPMC Cranberry by ambulance after he appeared "incoherent," Sgt. Mascellino said, though he suffered no apparent injuries from crashing his truck.

"We're not sure if its medical or if there's other contributing factors," Sgt. Mascellino said.

He said police will determine if Mr. Dunkle will be charged after further investigation.


Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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