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Man Rescued in Fall At Wintergreen Gorge

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Volunteer firefighters from Brookside Fire Department and several neighboring companies spent nearly two hours late Saturday afternoon working to rescue a man injured in a fall at Wintergreen Gorge.  Rescue crews confirmed the man fell thirty to forty feet to the creek bed below.  Dispatchers sent rescuers to the area near Jordan Road and Interstate 90 alongside the campus of Penn State Behrend.  The fall was reported at 4:30 PM Saturday.

Volunteers responding to the call say the man suffered a hear injury.  Rescuers confirmed that the man was suffering from seizures as they arrived.  They called for more help at 5:40 PM.  They needed to use a special Stokes rescue basket, rope and a rescue vehicle known as a mule to carry the fall victim to safety.  At points during the rescue, volunteers said the man was conscious and communicating with them.  Once out of the gorge, he was transported to UPMC Hamot Trauma Center for treatment.
  
The gorge is steep but it is also scenic and a popular place to hike, picnic and party.  The Brookside Fire Department has been called to the location many times for similar rescue calls.
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