Pickup crashes down embankment shears utility pole

A pickup truck drove down an embankment shearing a wooden utility pole before coming to rest in heavy brush along Harlem Road on June 20, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A pickup truck drove down an embankment shearing a wooden utility pole before coming to rest in heavy brush along Harlem Road on June 20, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A pickup truck driver who drove down an embankment may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in the crash.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday along Harlem Road across the street from the Thruway Plaza Tops Market.

The driver of this pickup truck was transported to Erie County Medical Center by American Medical Response for further evaluation on June 20, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
The driver of this pickup truck was transported to Erie County Medical Center by American Medical Response for further evaluation on June 20, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

A billboard sign crew working nearby tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that driver appeared to be passed out behind the wheel in the intersection at Harlem Road to the Thruway Plaza.  Just as everyone started to honk their horns, the man accelerated quickly, crossed two lanes of traffic, and drove down an embankment shearing a wooden utility pole before coming to rest in heavy brush.

The man, who was initially not alert according to 911 reports, was able to exit the truck under his own power.

Cheektowaga Chronicle observed police officers at the scene performing field sobriety tests on the man.  The initial tests showed no impairment but police did not have enough information at the scene to make a final determination on what caused the crash.

The man was transported to Erie County Medical Center by American Medical Response for further evaluation.

Rescue Hose firefighters attended to the scene.  The vehicle was towed by Kwitzer’s Collision.

NYSEG was called to repair the utility pole.