Student at BCCC hurt in fall down embankment

Posted: April 05, 2013

A 22-year-old Bucks County Community College student suffered serious injuries when he plummeted down a rocky embankment behind the campus in Newtown on Wednesday afternoon, according to an emergency responder.

The unidentified student was hanging out with other students at a popular spot behind the campus buildings along Swamp Road, Newtown Ambulance squad member Angela Marriott said. The hangout is marked by large boulders overlooking a steep 200-foot hill that ends at Neshaminy Creek below, she said.

The student was making his way down a narrow path toward the creek when he lost his footing, grabbed for a small overhanging tree, then fell, Marriott said. He tumbled down the entire hill, she said.

The victim was taken across the creek in a raft, and then flown by helicopter to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Marriott said.

He suffered multiple injuries to his face and body, she said, but she did not know his condition a couple hours later. - Staff report

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