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UPDATE: Man jumps from runaway truck, dies on Route 160

September 9th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

A Mississippi man died early Friday when he jumped out of a tractor-trailer that lost its brakes on state Route 160 near Wellersburg. Pennsylvania State Police said Alexander Johnson, 42, of Amory, was traveling south near Palo Alto Road about 1:35 a.m. when the truck ”experienced a mechanical failure with its braking system.” After Johnson jumped, the truck traveled off the right side of the road, struck multiple trees and caught on fire, police said. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers were assisted at the scene by firefighters from Wellersburg, Meyersdale and Corriganville, EMS units from Allegany County and Berlin, the Somerset County Coroner’s Office, and the Pennsylvania and Maryland departments of transportation.