Man rescued after falling into Hempfield mine shaft
May 12, 2022
TribLIVE's Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. Rescue crews from four Westmoreland County fire companies helped rescue a man who fell 25 feet into a mine shaft early Wednesday evening in Hempfield. Emergency responders were called to Tipple Row Road in Hempfield’s Luxor neighborhood shortly before 5 p.m. and quickly got to work. “Crews set ground pads, began air monitoring, set up a confined space blower to force fresh down in the hole and set up an A-frame with a rope hauling system to lower two rescuers down,” Crabtree Volunteer Fire Department officials wrote in a post on their Facebook page Wednesday night. Less than 40 minutes after the incident was called in to 911, rescuers had pulled the man out. Information on his condition was not immediately available. He was not identified by authorities. Luxor was originally established by the Jamison Coal and Coke Co. to provide housing for employees of its nearby coal mining complex, which began operations in the 1890s, according to the National Park Service’s inventory of industrial and engineering sites in Westmoreland County. Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, email@example.com or via Twitter . Support Local Journalism and help us continue covering the stories that matter to you and your community.