MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A worker who fell 18 feet to the bottom of an empty steel tank in Mercersburg Wednesday was flown by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center, where his condition was listed as fair by hospital officials.
It took rescuers more than 45 minutes to get Morgan Swope, 27, of Columbia, Pa., out of the tank.
Firefighters had to rig a crane from an aerial ladder truck. After several tries, they got a stretcher to the bottom of the tank, where Swope was lying on its concrete floor.
"We had training in this kind of rescue last Sunday," said Nick Barbuzanes, chief of the Mercersburg Montgomery Peters Warren Volunteer Fire Department. "It paid off."
Barbuzanes credited firefighter Jeff Main, whose steady hands on the levers of the aerial ladder were instrumental in the rescue.
Swope complained of a broken arm and pains in his side, officials said.
He was working for the Howard Robson construction company of Landisville, Pa. The company was hired by the Borough of Mercersburg to convert what were once holding tanks for the former Lowengart Tannery's water processing system into the borough's new sewage treatment plant, which will be built on the site, according to Borough Manager James Leventry.