LEETONIA, OHIO — A man working to install a waterline near state Route 558 in Salem Township was injured when a hose reel fell on him, Leetonia Fire Chief Larry Hephner confirmed Monday.
Hephner said his department was notified around 3 p.m. of a man injured on state Route 558 near state Route 164.
He could not provide the man’s identity, but estimated him to be in his early 20s. He said he was taken by Stat MedEvac to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.
Firefighters were able to set up a landing zone for the man on the property where he and other employees were working to install the waterline. It is believed the line is associated with oil/gas wells drilled a few miles east.
Hephner did not know what company they were working for. He said the man’s co-workers were able to get the hose reel off of him before fire and EMS arrived.
“We just had to get him out to the road,” Hephner said.
The man was conscious and alert during the rescue effort, he added.
Leetonia responded with six firefighters and four EMS.