Trucker involved in suicide-by-truck crash in Pittsburgh suburb

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A screenshot from WTAE’s news report shows the damage to a tractor-trailer after a suicide-by-truck crash.A screenshot from WTAE’s news report shows the damage to a tractor-trailer after a suicide-by-truck crash.

A crash early Tuesday, April 26 in Ligonier Township, Pa., involving a truck driver has been ruled a suicide-by-truck, according to a report from Pittsburgh news station WTAE-TV.

The crash occurred on U.S. Route 30 southeast of Pittsburgh, according to the report, and the driver of the car collided head-on with the truck and was killed. Police told the news outlet the driver of the truck tried to swerve out of the way, but “he didn’t have any time.”

Police said the man killed was involved in an argument with his wife, and according to the news report, told his wife when he left the house he was going to kill himself. The coroner later ruled the death a suicide.

See WTAE-TV’s full report here.

Overdrive published last year a series called “Suicide by Truck,” which can be seen here. The series told the stories of truckers recounting their experiences with suicide by truck incidents and the emotional distress following pedestrians and four-wheelers that use trucks as an instrument for suicide.

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