One Dead in Ridge Pike Crash in Plymouth

A dump truck driver was killed when his truck tipped over and slid into electrical pole.

A man was killed Friday morning when the dump truck he was driving collided with a utility pole on Ridge Pike in Plymouth Township shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

Sergeant John Jackson of the Plymouth Township Police department said a preliminary investigation indicated that the driver, whose name has not yet been released, ran a red light while traveling westbound at Alan Wood Road.

"We're not one hundred percent sure, but we think he ran the red-light and for whatever reason slammed on his brakes and started to turn," Jackson said.

Jackson said the truck then tipped onto its passenger side and slid cab first into an electric pole. The pole was completely obliterated and also brought down lines on both sides of Ridge Pike, causing power loss between Chemical and Belvoir Roads.

The driver was extricated from the wreck by Plymouth and Harmonville Fire companies and transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Jackson said. Police have not yet identified him and said he was not carrying any identification. The truck was identified on its cab as belonging to Digregorio, Inc. of Churchville, Pa. No other vehicles were involved, police said.

Easbound lanes of Ridge Pike reopened at about 1:50 p.m. Friday between Belvoir Road and Chemical Road on Ridge Pike, while westbound remained closed. That section of the road was originally closed in both directions as crews worked to clear the accident scene. PECO workers were standing by to make electrical repairs.

Montgomery County Patch Associate Regional Editor David Powell contributed to this report.

Sparkling Cyanide December 02, 2012 at 04:26 AM
So so sad. The strangest thing is that I would have been heading around the area at about that time going to work on North Lane for 11:00. I don't know what made me leave home at 9:30 instead and got to work at 10:00. Getting off work I was caught up in the traffic and was not happy at all. When I got home I returned a call from my son-in-law who drives the bus and he told me what happened. My heart just sank and I felt so bad about the death of the driver. Such a sad way to leave. Condolences to his family. All the more reason for me to pray for others and send blessings to all.
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