June 25, 2014 - Three firefighters working in a tower truck are sent to the hospital after a frightening plunge Wednesday night.
It happened around 7:00PM outside the Wattsburg Fire Hall on Route 8.
The victims were in the bucket on a rig from the Belle Valley Fire DepartmenT, about 70 feet up, installing new equipment on a radio tower when the ladder started retracting in what was described as a "rapid descent".
Firefighters at the scene say a cable snapped and the ladder's descent lasted about fifty feet before coming to a sudden stop.
All three firefighters. one from the Wattsburg Department and two from Belle Valley, were taken to UPMC Hamot with what are described as non life-threatening injuries.