Driver rescued from pond plunge in Elizabeth Township
Authorities say slippery roads likely were a factor in a single-vehicle crash in Elizabeth Township early on Wednesday morning.
Township police said motorist Robert Joseph, whose age and address were not immediately available, lost control of his blue Subaru Forester along Rock Run Road at about 12:45 a.m. and ended up in a pond at Butler's Golf Course.
First responders said, when they arrived, the vehicle was rolled over with the engine running and its driver's side down in approximately 2-3 feet of water.
Elizabeth Township Area EMS Lt. Steve O'Neil said the driver was alert when crews arrived.
There was concern the vehicle could roll onto its roof, so medics waited until Elizabeth Township firefighters were able to secure the car with cables before extracting the driver through a passenger side window.
The driver was taken by ambulance to a Pittsburgh trauma center in stable condition.
Township police Chief Robert McNeilly said excessive speed may have been a factor in the accident.
He said it appears the driver was traveling in a westbound direction on Rock Run Road when he failed to negotiate a bend and the vehicle traveled across the opposite lane of traffic, went through a hedge, then into the pond.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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