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One Dead in Ridge Pike Crash

Driver killed when dump 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.

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 breaks 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.

joei54 December 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I would like this fact to be known... On Alan Wood Rd.on the side of Carriage Trade Auction there was a very Wide and Deep HOLE near the sewer drain on the right side right before you get to the light, I am guessing it was from large trucks riding off the side of the road right before they made a right hand turn at the light onto Ridge Pike heading towards Norristown. Is it possible the out of town truck driver hit the hole right as the light turned and he lost control of his truck hitting the pole?
JG December 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Nope. I witnessed the crash. He came barreling through the intersection as the light turned red, swerved and then tipped over and slid into the pole. He narrowly missed a car turning left in front of him, and if I had been 2-3 seconds earlier, I'd be dead too. He was going WAY too fast. He was, however, not responsible for the power outages and downed lines. That was due to the idiocy of a cement truck driver who dicided to drive through the accident scene. The accident left the wires slightly lower, and the cement truck snagged them making a bad situation MUCH worse. Pulling out the wires ripped out utility poles, snapped one in half, and sent electrical fires sparking all over. It almost killed the first men on the scene trying to rescue the dump truck driver. I haven't seen mention of the guy driving the cement mixer, who is responsible for the electrical outages and chaos, not to mention almost killing anyone nearby at the time. My deepest sympathies to the family of the dump truck driver.
worldpeace2013 December 05, 2012 at 12:50 PM
i have been hearing that someone cut him off and that he could not stop... wether its his fault or not its very traggic it was an accident
Katherine Zampitella December 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM
well I am also a dump truck driver and I also heard he was cut off and I can believe that due to I am always being cut off >>> people who drive cars don't understand we have to down shift to stop and if were loaded its even harder to stop we leave a cushion as we are down shifting and cars just want to jump in front of us> I do know this much after all these dumptruck drivers getting killed by being cut off the only way I will sway from hitting some one is if theres kids in the car other wise I am Plowing in to them I am not going to die flipping my truck due to some idiot >Truckers keep this country moving and dump trucks pave your roads we are disrespected >God Bless you Terrance> LadyTriaxle Trucking

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