Man res­cued in quarry ac­ci­dent

Dump truck rolled 100 feet down em­bank­ment at the Glas­gow Inc. Catanach Quarry

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

EAST WHITELAND >> An over­size in­dus­trial dump truck rolled 100 feet down an em­bank­ment at the Glas­gow Inc. Catanach Quarry in­jur­ing the driver and re­quir­ing an ex­ten­sive res­cue ef­fort to safely re­move him Monday morn­ing.

The truck was haul­ing dirt at the top of the quarry at 660 More­hall Road when it slid down the side of the quarry and came to rest 100 feet below, ac­cord­ing to East Whiteland Fire Com­pany Cap­tain Greg Lewis.

Lewis said East Whiteland Fire com­pany was dis­patched at 7:45 a.m. along with Malvern medics and East Whiteland po­lice. They found the driver of the truck with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries, but he was un­able to get safely off the wall be­cause of the pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion of the truck. Fire­fight-

ers re­quested the Chester County Res­cue Task Force team to set up a rope res­cue sys­tem to reach the driver and get him to safety.

Lewis said the task force pro­vides im­por­tant gear and crew for rope res­cue in­ci­dents and the ex­per­tise to use the gear prop­erly.

The task force con­sists of units from a num­ber of sta­tions across Chester County, in­clud­ing Ber­wyn, Ken­nett, Long­wood, Wagontown, Thorn­dale, Downingtown, Fame-West Chester, Norco and Val­ley Forge fire com­pa­nies.

The task force trains to­gether reg­u­larly and re­spond with spe­cial­ized equip­ment and crews trained for rope re­lated res­cues.

The task force was last called Sept. 5 to res­cue an in­jured hiker along French Creek at Saint Peter’s Vil­lage in War­wick.

Heavy rain ham­pered op­er­a­tions. Wa­ter runoff in the dirt threat­ened to un­der­mine the sta­bi­liza­tion process, and a trench res­cue task force was also re­quested. Crews from the quarry also dumped loads of rock to sta­bi­lize the soft quarry road.

Res­cue crews re­quested two 360 de­gree swivel heavy duty crane tow trucks from Abel Brothers tow­ing to as­sist in sta­bi­liz­ing the dump truck.

The res­cue was com­plete by 10:38 a.m. and East Whiteland units cleared at 11:38 a.m.

“This was a first for me,” Lewis said. “It’s unique and the weather didn’t help things.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - EAST WHITELAND FIRE COM­PANY

Res­cure teams pulled the driver of an over­size in­dus­trial dump truck to safety after the truck rolled 100 feet down an em­bank­ment at the Glas­gow Inc. Catanach Quarry.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

An East Whiteland am­bu­lance trans­ports the driver of a truck that rolled 100 feet down the side of the Glas­gow Catanach quarry in Fra­zier Monday morn­ing.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - EAST WHITELAND FIRE COM­PANY

An over­size in­dus­trial dump truck rolled 100 feet down an em­bank­ment at the Glas­gow Inc. Catanach Quarry.

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