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Out-Of-Control Tractor Trailer Smashes Into Parked Cars, Garage In Westmoreland Co.

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) - Multiple first responders were on the scene in Westmoreland County after a tractor trailer tore through Youngwood, leaving a trail of damage in its wake.

According to the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department, the incident happened on Third Street in Youngwood, Westmoreland County shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Thank you everyone for your patience during rush hour this morning with our vehicle accident on 3rd street. Shortly...

Posted by Youngwood Volunteer Fire Dept. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The fire department says a tractor trailer smashed into parked cars. Witnesses tell KDKA the truck was swerving before it hit another car with a woman and children inside.

The truck then tore down a traffic signal pole, bringing live wires onto the road, before it rammed into a woman's garage.

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(Photo Credit: South Greensburg VFD/Facebook)

The impact from the crash caused oil and gas to drain out, Youngwood fire officials said.

Fortunately, no one was hurt or injured.

A neighbor says her grandson was waiting for the bus when the parked car was hit just steps away from him.

"He saw the car coming towards him and jumped out of the way, or he could have been severely (hurt) or killed by the car hitting him on the steps," Cynthia Estes said.

The woman tells KDKA her grandson wasn't hurt, but the two of them are still shaken up.

"He was hysterical and I went running out front with him to see what happened," said Estes.

The Engine is currently on scene of a vehicle accident in Youngwood Borough involving a tractor trailer and multiple passenger vehicles.

Posted by South Greensburg VFD on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

"Hit a parked car, hit an occupied car at the intersection, made a quick turn, took out a light pole and then went into a garage," said Assistant Fire Chief Bob Coletta, Youngwood Fire Department.

Lou Rocco walked out of his gym across the street after he heard a loud screeching noise.

"It could have been a lot worse. Luckily no one got killed," said Rocco.

"We're extremely lucky," said Assistant Chief Coletta. "All along Third Street that time of the morning, there are kids waiting for school buses."

South Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department and the New Stanton Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene as well.

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(Photo Credit: Youngwood Volunteer Fire Dept./Facebook)

The facebook posts thanks residents for their patience during the rush hour traffic.

State Police are trying to figure out what caused the crash.


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