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Ohio trucker dies in Turnpike accident in Indiana Township

Chuck Biedka
| Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, 12:18 p.m.
A state police photographer records the damage to a truck that fatally struck a person on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.
Eric Felack | Trib Total Media
A state police photographer records the damage to a truck that fatally struck a person on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.
State troopers investigate a box truck at the scene of a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Route 910 in Hampton on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.
Eric Felack | Trib Total Media
State troopers investigate a box truck at the scene of a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Route 910 in Hampton on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.

An elderly commercial truck driver from Ohio was killed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Indiana Township on Friday morning when he got out of his truck to check something and was struck by another truck.

Glen Helman, 73, of Lisbon, Ohio has been identified as the victim. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office plans to conduct an autopsy Saturday to determine the cause of his death.

Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said the incident happened in the eastbound berm at about 11 a.m. about three miles east of the Butler Valley interchange.

Police said Helman pulled over, parked and exited the tractor trailer rig he had was driving to check its tires.

Troopers said a box truck traveling in the same direction appeared to have gone off the road, onto the berm and struck Helman.

Capone said the 69-year-old box truck driver, from York, was not injured.

State police are investigating.

Capone said both vehicles were pulled well off the roadway and the incident hadn't affected traffic in the area.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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