PITTSBURGH — Former Steelers radio broadcaster Myron Cope caused a five-vehicle accident on Friday and a citation is pending against him, state police said.

No one was injured in the crash, which happened on Interstate 279 shortly after 11 a.m.

Cope, 77, of Mount Lebanon, rear-ended a car as the vehicles approached the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and that car then struck a truck in front of it, state police Trooper Robin Mungo said. When Cope swerved left to avoid those vehicles, he rear-ended a minivan, which hit another van, Mungo said.

A trooper who responded to the accident planned to cite Cope for following a vehicle too closely, but hadn’t filed the paperwork yet, Mungo said.

Cope was driving a Ford Explorer that was rented or loaned to him while his car was in the shop, Mungo said. Cope told police the brakes weren’t working, but police checked the vehicle’s brakes and believe Cope was just unaccustomed to the SUV, Mungo said.

Cope did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press, but he spoke to KDKA-TV at the scene.

“I was trying to brake and it wasn’t working right and I, you know, couldn’t come to a stop and I hit the car in front of me and there was a chain reaction,” Cope told the station.

Cope was the Steelers radio color commentator for more than 30 years, retiring before last season after health problems and saying he felt his performance was slipping. Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award at the Pro Football Hall of Fame shortly after his retirement and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November.

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