Firefighters rescue colleagues after vehicle plunges 60 feet below road

Both firefighter-EMTs were conscious but seriously injured, according to Police Chief Jerrod Thompson

By Mary Ann Thomas
The Valley News-Dispatch

KISKI TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Kiski Township firefighters rescued two of their own Monday from a steep hillside after the pickup truck the men were in skidded off Glorietta Hill Road and plunged into a ravine.

The accident occurred just after 10 a.m.

The firefighters, who authorities did not identify by name, were taken from the vehicle about 60 feet below the road, according to Kiski police Chief Jerrod Thompson. Both men were conscious but seriously injured, said Thompson, who was first on the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was found alongside the truck tending to the other man's injuries, Thompson said. Both men are EMTs as well.

At least one of the men was brought up from the hillside on a stretcher. Both were taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville for treatment.

A helicopter was requested, but couldn't fly because of the weather.

Medics and firefighters were able to use ropes to climb down to reach the injured men. The hillside is heavily wooded, which made reaching the men difficult.

Thompson said his investigation of the accident is continuing but it appears the truck may have slid on wet leaves as it was rounding a bend in the road.

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