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Excavation worker injured in Monessen mishap

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
A worker from Mornak Excavation was hurt after the collaspe of a sewage drain he was working on  along 9th street in Monessen.  On scene was Monessen Number 1 and Hilltop Number 2, Lock 4 Volunteer Fire Departments, Monessen Police and The Mon Valley EMS on Tuesday September 3,2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
A worker from Mornak Excavation was hurt after the collaspe of a sewage drain he was working on along 9th street in Monessen. On scene was Monessen Number 1 and Hilltop Number 2, Lock 4 Volunteer Fire Departments, Monessen Police and The Mon Valley EMS on Tuesday September 3,2013.

An employee of a private contractor working on a city drainage project on Ninth Street in Monessen was injured Tuesday when part of a brick wall fell on him.

Dane Mornak, son of the owner of that company, Mornak Excavation of Rostraver Township, was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township after a portion of the wall fell on his foot shortly after 3 p.m.

Leonard Billy, city streets department superintendent, said first responders helped pull the bricks off Mornak, who became trapped in mud as a result of the weight on his foot.

Firefighters from Monessen Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, Monessen Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department and the Lock Four Volunteer Fire Co. responded.

Billy said Mornak was transported by Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services to the hospital for X-rays and other treatment.

City Administrator John Harhai said crews are working on a collapsed 20-foot wall, part of a drainage area spanning from Ninth Street to Knox Avenue, which was recently discovered.

Harhai said a 20-foot side of the wall collapsed, sending 10-15 tons of dirt into the drainage area.

It was a part of an arched cherry wall, shaped like a tear drop, which was built in 1890s between two hills.

Erosion caused by water beneath the surface weakened the wall.

Mornak Excavation was hired to do the work, Harhai said.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at cbuckley@tribweb.com or 724-684-2642.

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