New Castle News

April 14, 2014

Teen injured at McConnell’s Mill

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A teenage boy was listed in fair condition yesterday at a Pittsburgh hospital after a fall Saturday at McConnell’s Mill State Park.

Nathan Kline, 15, of Mars was rescued by firefighters following a difficult, three-hour effort.

The accident happened about 2 p.m. Saturday at 2591 Breakneck Bridge Road, around the Breakneck waterfall at Eckert’s Bridge.

Ranger Supervisor Bryan Moore said Sunday that Kline was climbing on rocks with others in his group when he fell about 15 feet. Moore said there is a sign warning park visitors to stay off the rocks.

Observers at the scene said that in order to reach the boy, rescue workers had to climb down a steep, 40-yard ravine, cross the river and hike to where Nathan had fallen.

Nathan was finally placed in an ambulance at 4:55 p.m., taken to a waiting helicopter at a nearby farm, then transported to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. There, according to his uncle, the Rev. Keith Karns of Connoquenessing, Nathan underwent surgery for a broken thigh bone.

The Slippery Rock Township Fire Department was assisted at the scene by Portersville, Muddy Creek, Hickory, Volant and Scott Township fire departments and local ambulance services.