SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. — A tractor-trailer driver died after leaping from his vehicle after a failure of his truck’s brake system on Sept. 9 in Pennsylvania.
WJAC reports that Alexander Johnson, 42, of Amory, Mississippi, was driving on Route 160 near Wellersburg, Pennsylvania, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday when the brakes on his truck apparently malfunctioned. Police said Johnson decided to “leap” from the moving vehicle, which then traveled off the roadway and struck several trees before being engulfed in flames.
Johnson succumbed to his injuries on the scene. Photos from the Wellsburg, Pennsylvania Facebook page showed the cab fully engulfed by fire, as well as the remains of the truck the following day.
Route 160 reopened Friday night following an 18-hour cleanup.
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