2010-05-20 / Local & State

Man Dies Trying To Help Teen At Western PA Park

PORTERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a man fell to his death while trying to rescue a teenager who had fallen off the rim of a waterfall in a state park.

State police in Lawrence County say two teenage girls were near Killdew Falls at Mc- Connells Mill State Park when a 17-year-old slipped and fell into the water. Her 16-year-old companion alerted several men on motorcycles who were nearby.

Police say 47-year-old Donald Spillane of Cranberry Township tried to climb down to reach the girl but slipped and fell about 20 feet onto rocks below. Rescue crews tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescuers eventually rescued the girl, who was flown to UPMC Presbyterian, and officials said she was expected to survive.

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