ShareThis Page
Man drives over New Kensington wall onto railroad tracks 15 feet below |
Valley News Dispatch

Man drives over New Kensington wall onto railroad tracks 15 feet below

Chuck Biedka

The driver of a car that went off New Kensington’s Constitution Boulevard onto railroad tracks at least 15 feet below managed to get himself out of the overturned car safely after the wreck, according to police.

New Kensington police Chief Bob Deringer said the driver, Ricky Burkett of Arnold, will not be charged in the crash that happened just after noon in the 1200 block of Constitution.

“The driver said he was very tired, driving on Constitution one minute and on the tracks the next,” the chief said.

Burkett, who is in his 60s, could not be reached for comment.

Deringer said Burkett complained of a neck injury after the crash.

New Kensington Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. did not know if Burkett went to a hospital for treatment, but was stunned he didn’t suffer more serious injuries.

“Amazing,” Saliba said.

Another driver almost went over the concrete retaining wall about five years ago, according to city engineer Tony Males. Rescuers managed to get the woman out of her vehicle as it teetered on the edge of the wall, he said.

New Kensington installed the wall years ago to keep Constitution from dropping onto railroad property.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.