Big-Rig Driver Dies After Fiery Pittsburg Crash

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PITTSBURG (KRON) — The driver of a big-rig that crashed into two vehicles and then a building in Pittsburg this morning has died.  According to police, officers responded around 8:20 a.m. to the 3800 block of Railroad Avenue to what witnesses described as an explosion.  The crash into the building caused considerable fire damage, Pittsburg police Capt. Ron Raman said.

Firefighters also responded and extinguished the fire and the big-rig driver was found dead, Raman said.

A preliminary investigation has found that the big-rig was traveling north on Railroad Avenue when it struck two vehicles and then the building, which became engulfed in flames, according to Raman.

Police are looking into the possibility that a mechanical failure in the truck caused the crash.

The building that the big-rig struck was unoccupied at the time, Raman said.

Railroad Avenue near Linscheid Drive is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time today while police investigate the crash, Raman said.

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