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Father, daughter hurt in swing set collapse in Vandergrift park

Erica Dietz | Trib Total Media - A swingset remains on the ground after falling on a father and daughter in Vandergrift's Kennedy Park in Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz |  Trib Total Media</em></div>A swingset remains on the ground after falling on a father and daughter in Vandergrift's Kennedy Park in Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
Erica Dietz | Trib Total Media - A swingset remains on the ground after falling on a father and daughter in Vandergrift's Kennedy Park in Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz |  Trib Total Media</em></div>A swingset remains on the ground after falling on a father and daughter in Vandergrift's Kennedy Park in Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

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Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 4:48 p.m.
 

A man and his daughter were taken to a hospital when a swing set in a Vandergrift park collapsed on Wednesday afternoon.

Anayah Brackman, 10, and her father, Luis Brackman, 33, of 195 Sherman Ave., Vandergrift, were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. The incident happened about 3:15 p.m. in Kennedy Memorial Park.

According to borough police Lt. Casimer Maszgay, the pair was swinging when the metal base uprooted and the set's crossbar came down on top of them. The girl was pinned beneath the crossbar, which struck the father and knocked him about 10 feet from the swing.

Both were reported to be in fair condition on Wednesday evening.

Maszgay, who played in the park as a child, said he believes the 12-foot swing set is at least 45 years old.

The borough closed the park because of the incident. It will remain closed, according to council President Brian Carricato, until the borough's park and recreation committee meets to plan a course of action.

The committee is chaired by Councilman Lenny Collini, who could not be reached. Its members are scheduled to meet on Thursday with Solicitor Larry Loperfito, according to Carricato.

The two-person swing set that collapsed stood next to two identical sets of the same age. Carricato said the borough will hire someone to inspect the swing sets and determine whether they need to be removed.

Vandergrift council recently started earmarking a portion of residents' sewer payments for a community development fund that would be used for, among other things, improvements to park equipment.

The fund is expected to yield $70,000 annually. The borough has yet to receive that money since the current billing cycle is the first since council implemented the fund in March.

Carricato said Wednesday's incident is the first of its kind in the park since he began serving on council 10 years ago.

“We're wishing the best for the family right now,” he said. “Hopefully, they make a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with them.”

Calls made to a number listed for the Brackmans were not answered.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or bashe@tribweb.com.

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