A suicide by a motorist on Curry Hollow Road in West Mifflin resulted in the closure of a portion of that road for several hours Tuesday morning.
Authorities responded to a tunnel under the railroad tracks along the roadway where the victim identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office as Curtis Smith, 59, of West Mifflin apparently pulled over in a red Chevrolet pick-up truck and shot himself.
West Mifflin police Chief Ken Davies said the victim had been reported missing Tuesday morning. As police began to investigate, a passer-by called to report the truck parked in the tunnel. He said the caller's description of the truck matched the vehicle description given in the missing person report.
Allegheny County police are investigating. The medical examiner's office reported the cause and manner of death to be suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.
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