By David Highfield

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People in East Carnegie say a guardrail is needed along Noblestown Road where a priest lost control and went over a hillside.

Police have not released the man’s name, but say the victim is a priest who was taken to UPMC Mercy as a precaution.

Lt. Shawn Malloy from Pittsburgh Police says a witness saw the priest skid and then over correct, sending him down the hill.

It’s estimated the car plunged 20 to 30 feet down and that trees kept it from going farther.

Paramedics say they had a tricky rescue because the soil is so soft. They had to bring the victim up the hill using pulleys and ropes.

Neighbor Jim Vincenti says there was a similar accident here earlier this year and thinks a guardrail would make things safer.

Other people in the area say this may actually be the fifth car to go over that hill.

Saint Paul Seminary is just up the road, but a spokesperson from the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese says all the priests there have been accounted for.

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