A Lawrence County jail inmate who suffered an apparent head injury is listed in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital.

Long Avenue resident Lance Druga, 24, was flown to Presbyterian Hospital from Jameson Hospital, where he was taken after the incident.

Warden Charles H. Adamo said one inmate reportedly witnessed the accident.

The witness said Druga, who wore a leg brace from a previous injury, was walking down a flight of steps. He reportedly grabbed the railing with both hands and tried to hoist himself over it. He then fell about 10 feet, Adamo said.

“We’re in the process of interviewing the inmates to find out exactly what happened,” Adamo said. “We don’t know if he intended to hurt himself.”

Druga became unconscious after suffering a head injury. Adamo said no other inmates were involved in the accident.

Adamo said he did not know if Druga regained consciousness after he was transported to Jameson.

At the time of the accident, the inmates were permitted to roam around their cell block. A corrections officer on the block was seated at his station.

To prevent the county from being held financially responsible for Druga’s medical bills, county common pleas President Judge Dominick Motto agreed to place Druga on a nominal bond.

That request was made yesterday afternoon by District Attorney John Bongivengo and adult probation director William Mancino.

Druga had been held on bond pending charges involving a probation violation.

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