Thursday, December 1 2022

A garbage collection worker whose left arm was trapped in the back of a garbage truck for nearly two hours on Tuesday has been treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Spring Township and the Logan Fire Department.

Logan Fire Department Deputy Chief Charles Salvanish, whose career spans about 14 years, described it as a “once in a lifetime” response.

“We discussed an extrication plan and moved on to plan B, plan C and plan D,” Salvanish said. “It was a pretty thorough extrication where we had to cut off part of the garbage truck to be able to remove his hand.”

The 19-year-old Bellefonte man’s arm was stuck around noon to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday along the 200 block of Upper Coleville Road. Neither police nor firefighters were sure how the man’s arm got stuck.

He was conscious as first responders worked to free him by cutting off part of the steel truck, said Spring Township Police Officer Luke Nelson. He was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries, Nelson said.

The man was an employee of Carson Disposal Service, whose chairman Richard Carson described as an “accident of chance” that “could have been a lot worse”.

Undine Fire Company, Pleasant Gap Fire Company, Alpha Fire Company, Citizen’s Hook and Ladder, Bellefonte EMS, Mount Nittany EMS, and Eagle Towing and Recovery also responded.

Upper Coleville Road between West End Coleville Road and Lower Coleville Road was closed for over two hours.

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A garbage collection worker whose left arm was trapped in the back of a garbage truck for nearly two hours on Tuesday was taken to hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Bret Pallotto [email protected]

This story was originally published March 8, 2022 4:07 p.m.

Bret Pallotto primarily reports on courts and crime for the Center Daily Times. He grew up in Mifflin County and graduated from Lock Haven University.

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