The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 14, 2013

Suspect charged in crash at substation

The Tribune-Democrat

— State police charged a Nicktown man with hit and run after the pickup truck he was driving went out of control and crashed into an electric substation at Belsano, disrupting electric service Thursday night.

Thomas R. Sabo, 50, got out of the truck, fled on foot and failed to report the crash, Ebensburg troopers said Saturday in a release.

Sabo was charged with causing an accident involving damage to unattended property, failure to provide immediate notice to police and failure to drive a vehicle at a safe speed.

The crash occurred at 10:10 p.m. Thursday as Sabo was driving a 1995 Toyota T-100 east on Iron Bridge Road in Blacklick Township.

Police said he driving too fast on the rain-covered roadway when he descended a hill and lost control. The truck crossed into the westbound lane and over the north berm. It went back into the eastbound lane, where it ran off the berm and collided with a steel fence on the property of REA Energy Cooperative Inc.

The truck came to rest after striking three breakers and downing electrical wires.

Charges were filed against Sabo at the office of  District Judge Frederick Creany in Ebensburg.

The police report said he escaped injury.

Consumers served by the substation were served by the Strongstown substation following the crash.