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Glassport teen remains hospitalized after falling 30 feet

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:19 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
A 13-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell 30 feet onto concrete at the former Glassport foundry on Monday afternoon.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
A crew worked on Tuesday to repair a hole in a fence that emergency responders cut to reach a boy who was seriously injured in a fall on Monday afternoon at the former Glassport foundry.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
A 13-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell 30 feet onto concrete at the former Glassport foundry on Monday afternoon.

A 13-year-old boy injured in a 30-foot fall at a former Glassport foundry was in serious but stable condition on Tuesday at Children's Hospital of UPMC, according to Mayor Rosemary Bradley.

Corian Coleman was playing with his 8-year-old brother and a friend inside the foundry's machine shop around 3 p.m. on Monday when he reportedly slipped from a steel beam and fell 30 feet onto the concrete floor.

“His mother told me he's conscious but that he's very sore,” Bradley said on Tuesday. “The doctors said somebody must've been watching over him because he landed the best way possible. He had no head trauma.”

Bradley said the boy did break both of his legs, several ribs, his left arm, wrist and hand and suffered a laceration to his chin and lip. Coleman's mother, Christine Petroci, told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that the boy underwent a five-hour surgery on Monday night and doctors don't expect him to be released soon.

Bradley said the children had to cross two sets of railroad tracks and two fences to reach the unused factory now owned by Joe Kovalchick of Indiana-based salvage company Kovalchick Corp.

“I spoke with Mr. Kovalchick shortly after the incident and he felt very bad that this happened,” Bradley said. “I don't know what he plans to do with the building, but we're going to talk about its future.”

Kovalchick did not return a call for comment.

Glassport Citizens Hose Co. fire Chief Wayne Lewis said although the private property is fenced off, there are areas where children can easily pass. A crew worked on Tuesday afternoon to repair a large hole in a fence that emergency responders made to reach the scene.

“There are some necessary safety things they need to do down there,” Lewis said. “To have sustained a fall of that magnitude, that little boy is lucky to be alive.”

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or

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