Man Suffers Injuries in Leetsdale Industrial Accident

The 51-year-old man was trapped for nearly an hour after a forklift ran over him.

A Greensburg man was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after being run over by a forklift Wednesday morning at a Leetsdale industrial plant.

Leetsdale Police Chief James Santucci said Mark Bolen, 51, was in good condition Wednesday evening at Allegheny General Hospital following the accident.

Bolen was working about 8:25 a.m at Almatis, the former Alcoa plant, when another employee operating a forklift backed up and ran over his foot, breaking his leg in several places, officials said.

“His foot was entrapped under the forklift,” said Leetsdale Fire Chief Ernie Logan.

It took about 42 minutes for rescue crews to get the machine off Bolen’s leg. Cochran Hose Co. and Moon Fire Rescue assisted with removing the forklift off the man.

He was stabilized and transported by Valley Ambulance to the hospital. 


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