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July 11, 2013

Man falls near falls in state park

NEW CASTLE — A 19-year-old Wexford man was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital Wednesday after falling at McConnell’s Mill State Park.

His name was not released pending notification of his family.

Tyson Martin, park manager trainee at Moraine State Park, said the man was conscious and alert. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital by ambulance.

Martin said the man was hiking along a trail with three other people near Kildoo Falls and “from what we can tell, climbed up on the rocks” and fell approximately 18 feet.

The rocks are off trail and slippery, Martin said, “especially during all the rain we had.”

The accident occurred around 1 p.m., he said.

Between 20 and 30 volunteer fire and emergency medical service personnel were involved in using ropes and harnesses to lift the man to safety, according to Martin.

He said the scene was cleared at 2:50 p.m.

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