Area Man Killed After Pickup Severs Utility Pole in Half, Catches Fire in Sandy Creek Township

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published July 25, 2023 4:50 am
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SANDY CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An area man was killed after his pickup crashed and caught fire on Monday evening in Sandy Creek Township.

According to Mercer-based State Police, this crash happened around 5:29 p.m. on Monday, July 24, on Scofield Road, in Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County.

Police say 42-year-old Joseph C. Kerekes, of Greenville, was traveling at a high rate of speed in a 1997 Ford F-150XLT pickup while negotiating a left curve in the roadway.

According to police, Kerekes’ vehicle gradually exited the roadway and then struck a telephone pole, severing it in half. It continued on the same path of travel and hit a tree with its front end.

The vehicle came to final rest and subsequently caught fire with Kerekes who was still inside and unable to exit.

Kerekes was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was not using a seat belt.


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