• October 07, 2022

Derek Cronk Killed in Bucket Truck, 18-wheeler Accident on Parkway East in Pittsburgh, PA

UPDATE (October 13, 2022): Recent details identified the victim as 41-year-old Derek Cronk. Additional details about the accident are unavailable at this time.

Pittsburgh, PA -- October 7, 2022, a worker was killed after an accident where an 18-wheeler hit a bucket truck along Parkway East.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 3:00 a.m. in the Oakland area along I-376.

It appears that a construction worker was along the inside lane in the bucket of a truck. While there, an 18-wheeler somehow hit the bucket truck, causing the worker to fall from the bucket to a bike trail below.

Due to the incident, the worker sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Derek Cronk Bucket Truck Accident in Pittsburgh

There isn't a lot of information on exactly what happened here, but it's challenging to envision a scenario where this happens without the 18-wheeler driver doing something wrong. Is it possible the bucket truck was in a dangerous spot or improperly lit? Certainly, but this sort of thing is usually the result of a driver not paying attention to their surroundings.

Derek Cronk Killed in Bucket Truck Accident in Pittsburgh, PA

In one case I handled, for example, an 18-wheeler hit someone's car on the highway, saying it was too dark to see the vehicle, which was disabled at the time. Once we got court orders to look at video evidence from the truck, though, it was clear that the victim's vehicle was visible. Apparently the trucker was too busy watching TV shows on his tablet to bother looking up at the road.

I'm not saying that happened here, but similar steps to utilize legal tools would likely help to shed light on what went wrong here. Cell phone records, maintenance records, any history of previous accidents, witness statements, diligent reconstruction of the scene--if authorities aren't handling these things (which they often overlook), the crash needs to be in the hands of more experienced professionals.

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