US: Pittsburgh woman killed after steel drum from construction site hits her

A steel drum weighing thousands of pounds somehow rolled out of a construction site in Pittsburgh and eventually struck and killed a woman who was walking on a nearby sidewalk, police said.

The accident occurred around 10:40 am on Friday in the city’s Oakland neighbourhood, where the University of Pittsburgh’s new sports performance centre was being built.

The drum was either knocked over or dislodged from a piece of heavy equipment, police said. It then rolled several hundred feet as it went down a hill, through a fence and onto the sidewalk where the woman was walking with co-workers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre’s Western Psychiatric Hospital.

The drum then went across a road before it came to rest against a pickup truck.

The woman, who suffered a head injury, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Her name was released and no other injuries were reported in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Published By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

May 5, 2024

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