FINLEYVILLE – An Allegheny County man apparently leaped to his death Thursday morning from one of the Joe Montana Bridges along the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Union Township.
The Washington County coroner’s office said Donald Alex Thomas, 51, of South Park, was found dead below the southbound bridge about 10:05 a.m.
It appeared Thomas parked his black Dodge pickup truck on the berm between 8:50 and 10:05 a.m., got out and then fell to his death in a grassy area on a steep hillside below the massive bridges and alongside Route 88 just north of Ginger Hill Road.
The twin bridges are 250 feet above Route 88.
A deputy coroner pronounced the man dead at 11:40 a.m., according to a news release from Coroner Tim Warco. A ruling on the cause and manner of Thomas’ death were pending further investigation. Warco said he was handling the death as a possible suicide.
State police said troopers were taking the lead in the investigation in a municipality patrolled by officers from Monongahela.
The Elrama and Valley Inn fire departments in Union assisted police at the scene.