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Driver escapes serious injury in McKeesport heavy-equipment accident

Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media - A McKeesport public works crewman digs out dirt under a 70,000-pound piece of earthmoving equipment that tipped over on Wednesday around noon on a city-owned lot along Twelfth Avenue and Walnut Street. The driver of the rig escaped serious injury.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media</em></div>A McKeesport public works crewman digs out dirt under a 70,000-pound piece of earthmoving equipment that tipped over on Wednesday around noon on a city-owned lot along Twelfth Avenue and Walnut Street. The driver of the rig escaped serious injury.
Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media - A McKeesport public safety officials joined public works crews in trying to figure out how to upright a 70,000-pound piece of earthmoving equipment that tipped over on Wednesday around noon on a city-owned lot along Twelfth Avenue and Walnut Street. The driver of the rig reportedly only suffered an elbow injury.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media</em></div>A McKeesport public safety officials joined public works crews in trying to figure out how to upright a 70,000-pound piece of earthmoving equipment that tipped over on Wednesday around noon on a city-owned lot along Twelfth Avenue and Walnut Street. The driver of the rig reportedly only suffered an elbow injury.

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McKeesport's public works director said one of his crewman escaped serious injury when an earthmover tipped over in a downtown lot on Wednesday at the noon hour.

“It was a bad move,” city public works director Steve Kondrosky acknowledged.

He and other city officials gathered at the scene to try to figure out how to get the 70,000-pound piece of equipment back on its wheels.

A McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service crew treated the driver of the rig at the scene for an elbow injury after the accident.

McKeesport police and fire crews were called along with city paramedics.

The machine tipped over on a 1.4970-acre vacant lot along Twelfth Avenue and Walnut Street in the city's Third Ward.

“We're stockpiling dirt for fill during demolition work,” Kondrosky said. “He was trying to level out the pile.”

The city is using a lot of that fill these days.

Two full-scale demolition contracts were awarded recently to Stash Trucking.

One is for fringe areas of the city, the other for more than two dozen blighted structures in a newly designated Cultural and Educational Sector in the Seventh Ward.

Demolition is happening elsewhere as well, including the work this week to bring down the former Fraternal Order of Eagles hall a few blocks away at Sixth Avenue and Market Street.

The lot at Twelfth and Walnut is one of several in the downtown area owned by Redevelopment Authority of the City of McKeesport. Allegheny County records show the city authority has owned it since 1950.

It is across Twelfth Avenue from the former Capco property, owned since 2007 by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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