Utility worker killed by falling pole in Allegheny County

Police say the 39-foot traffic light pole fell onto 25-year-old Victor Boytos, of West Mifflin

A construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon when a utility pole fell on top of him in Pine Township, Allegheny County. 

PINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon when a utility pole fell on top of him in Pine Township, Allegheny County.

Police say the 39-foot traffic light pole fell onto 25-year-old Victor Boytos, of West Mifflin.

The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Graham Road.

Northern Regional Police say Boytos was killed when the pole came crashing down on top of him.

According to police, crews were using a crane to put up new traffic light poles in the area when the chain from the crane broke and fell on top of the worker. He was pronounced dead on scene.

The township manager says the worker that was killed is not a township employee. He says the roads are state roads, so the installation was being completed under a PennDOT-issued permit and the developer brought in their own contractor.

Officials with PennDOT said they won’t be able to find out who the developer is until Thursday morning.

OSHA is also investigating the incident, and police say they’re meeting with them on Thursday morning as well.

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