PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 13-year-old boy was air-lifted to Children’s Hospital after being involved in a fall in Glassport.
Glassport Police say the boy was playing in an abandoned mill when the accident happened about 3 p.m. Monday.
The boy, his brother, and another friend were playing at the abandoned steel mill on Third Street and Allegheny Avenue.
Police say the boy climbed a ladder on the property, and was walking on a beam when he fell to the concrete below.
“Somehow he fell from there down to the concrete floor 30 feet below. When officers got there, he was alert and conscious. spoke with us. Of course, he was in a lot of pain,” Lieutenant Ronald Benoit said.
The property is owned by an Indiana, Pa. man who runs a salvage business. Mayor Rosemary Bradley called him after the accident and plans to meet with the owner to discuss safeguards.
“He knows that the police do go up there and chase the kids off, but we can’t be a guard or watch guard all the time,” Bradley said.
Other neighborhood teens told KDKA that kids often play inside the building. Val Ross says he, too, fell from a beam three years ago.
Ross: “Kids play there all the time.”
KDKA-TV’s Kym Gable: “You used to play there?
Ross: “ I did.”
Gable: “And you got injured.”
Ross: “ I did. “
The mayor says they’ll work out a plan to put safety measures into place so kids stay out of the building.
“I’m sure we’ll come up with some solution. I’d like to see the whole building down,” Bradley said.