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Man crushed in Salem construction accident

| Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, 4:59 p.m.
A Slickville Volunteer Fire Department vehicle sits at Export Fuel Co.in Salem Township, where a man died in an accident on Aug. 28, 2012. 
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
A Slickville Volunteer Fire Department vehicle sits at Export Fuel Co.in Salem Township, where a man died in an accident on Aug. 28, 2012. Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review

A Westmoreland County man was crushed by an asphalt roller on Tuesday afternoon while working at Export Fuel Co. Inc. in Salem, officials said.

Robert E. Buskey Jr., 55, of Robinson Road in Loyalhanna Township was working as a mechanic at Export Fuel, according to state police. While he was working on the roller's engine, it unexpectedly started and engaged into drive, driving over him, police said.

“For an unknown reason, the machine lurched forward, pinning the decedent below it,” according to the county coroner's office.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. State police called it an “accidental death.” An autopsy is scheduled, and the cause of death is pending those results.

“They said it happened so fast,” said Richard Balik, chief of Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 1, Slickville.

Export Fuel is on York Lane off Route 66 in the township.

A woman who answered the phone at the company declined comment, and no one answered the door at a company building.

Export Fuel was established in 1956 and provides residential, industrial and commercial services, including home heating fuel, diesel and kerosene, according to the company's website.

Crews were called to the scene about 3:20 p.m. and were still there at 6 p.m.

Vaia Funeral Home of Delmont is handling funeral arrangements.

Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or rskena@tribweb.com.

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